Donating Blood

When you donate blood at Marsh Regional Blood Center, you know that your gift is staying close to home to help your friends and neighbors. If you ever need blood, you can take comfort that the blood you receive has been donated in our region by our local donors.

What should I expect?

Giving blood at a Marsh donation center or bloodmobile is incredibly simple. The entire process takes less than an hour to complete.

Once you’ve decided to make a donation, we ask that you set an appointment at one of our locations. Due to COVID-19, we are requesting that guests make an appointment ahead of time, if possible. You can make an appointment at any of our current blood drives on our Facebook page. You can also schedule an appointment by calling your local collection center.

When you arrive

Once you arrive at either the blood center or blood drive, we’ll ask you a few questions to determine your eligibility. Are you curious if you’re able to donate blood? Check out our eligibility requirements for more information.

Before you donate blood, one of our trained medical professionals will run through a brief health questionnaire. They’ll test your blood pressure, pulse, temperature and red cell level. Make sure to tell us about any prescription or over-the-counter medications that you’re currently taking.

Giving blood

Once the questionnaire is finished, you’re ready to donate! There are a few different types of donations that you can make with Marsh Regional Blood Center.

If you’re choosing a typical blood donation, the process takes about 8–10 minutes. And there’s no need to stress about safety. Every Marsh phlebotomist is a trained professional. All blood bags and needles are completely sterile and used only once.