Donating Blood

Most people who donate blood for the first time are surprised that it’s such a simple experience. The entire donation process takes about an hour from start to finish. The actual drawing of blood only takes about 10 minutes.

  • You register and receive a brief, confidential medical screening before the donation.
  • A nurse or technician cleanses an area on your arm, inserts a needle for the blood drawing procedure and makes sure you’re comfortable. When the pint bag is full, the needle is removed and a small bandage is placed on your arm.
  • Refreshments are served, and your body immediately starts to replenish blood cells.

People between 17 and 75 years of age, weighing over 110 pounds and in good health can donate a unit of blood every 56 days. You must wait at least 72 hours after donating blood before you can donate platelets.

Where to Donate

American Red Cross - Greater Rochester Chapter
50 Prince Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 241-4400
Deaf or hearing impaired individuals by TTY at: (585) 241-4464