Annual Blood Drive

  • Mt. Whitney High School
    Annual Blood Drive

    Basic Eligibility:
    • Must be at least 16 years old
    • Must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds
    • Must be in good general health (no cold or flu symptoms)
    • Must know your Social Security Number or Passport ID Number
    • Must have a photo ID (driver's license, student body card, etc.) for first time donations
    • Must have parent permission slip to donate at high school drive -- regardless of age! (see link below)

    Donation Process:

    • REGISTRATION
    • PRE-SCREENING (iron-level, temperature, blood pressure)
    • SCREENING (medical history, personal lifestyle)--a) know names of any medications you may be taking and why you are taking them; b) ALL INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL!
    • DONATION--a) 1 pint of blood will be taken (each person has between 9 and 12 pints); b) donation process takes between 5-15 minutes
    • REFRESHMENTS

    THE WHOLE PROCESS FROM REGISTRATION TO REFRESHMENTS TAKES ABOUT 1 HOUR.

    Donor Rewards:

    • T-shirt and coupons

    Donor Cards:

    • Donor cards with donors blood type will be mailed to all first time donors.

    Temporary Deferrals:

    • TATTOOS--a person is deferred from giving blood for 1 year from the day that a tattoo is applied.
    • PIERCINGS--a person is deferred from giving blood for 1 year from the day that they received a body piercing; a) ear piercing is an exception if it was done professionally with a piercing gun. If the ear piercing was done with a needle, the donor is deferred for 1 year.
    • ATHLETES--if you are involved with any after-school sport or physical activity that you committed to participating in, you should NOT donate blood. Donors are asked to abstain from strenuous exercise for 24 hours after donating.

    Preparation:

    • Eat a good meal 30 minutes to 4 hours prior to donating
    • Drink lots of fluids and eat well, starting a couple days before the blood drive; a) try to drink lots of water and juice and avoid caffeine if possible (water and juice hydrate the body, caffeinated drinks dehydrate the body); b) eat foods rich in ir