Barbara Tagg donates whole blood at our Menlo Park Center.

Barbara Tagg donates whole blood at our Menlo Park Center. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben

Whole Blood Donations

Giving blood is safe, easy, and
takes about one hour!

Make an appointment to donate!

A whole blood donation is the most common form of blood donation in which a person gives one pint of blood. After your donation, our lab separates the whole blood into its components. We do this because it allows us to deliver what patients need more specifically. Your blood is made up of four life-saving components:

To give blood you must be at least 17 years of age (by California law, all 16 year olds must have a parent's or legal guardian's permission to give a community blood donation by bringing a completed Stanford Blood Center Parental/Guardian consent for 16 year olds form with them to register to donate; this form can be obtained at a Stanford Blood Center donor center, Stanford Blood Center community blood drive, or from your high school blood drive coordinator), weigh at least 110 lbs., be in good health, and have eaten prior to donating. For more detailed information about eligibility, click here. There are four basic steps in the whole blood donation process: registration, medical history, donation, and rest & refreshments.

You may donate whole blood every 56 days.

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