How to donate blood in Portland

Donating blood is an effective way to give back to the community. Here’s what to know to make a donation in Portland.

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Whether you’re an experienced donor or looking to give for the first time, donating blood is a simple yet effective way to make a positive impact on local lives.

Places to donate blood in Portland

American Red Cross, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave.
Schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets, or plasma at this permanent Red Cross location.

Bloodworks Northwest, 9320 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. Ste. 100, Vancouver, WA
Type O donors are especially in need, but all blood types are welcome to give.

Find an American Red Cross blood drive that’s close to your home or workplace, then choose an available time.

Here’s what you need to do

Things to remember

  • Eat a hardy meal beforehand and give yourself an hour to digest.
  • Drink an extra 16 oz of room-temperature water prior to your donation in order to prep your veins. Make sure to continue drinking extra water after donating.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for the rest of the day.
  • Incorporate iron-rich foods into your meals after donating.
  • Eating and drinking properly beforehand will help prevent passing out. However, if you do pass out, you are in the care of well-trained nurses who will look after you.

Blood facts

If you can’t donate blood, don’t sweat it. Check out other ways to give back in Portland.

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