Blood Donation

Please click on the link below to make an appointment to donate blood today.​

Eligibility Requirements can be viewed by clicking on the link below.​

Remember to raise your Iron Level a minimum of Four Days Before Every Blood Drive by having eggs including omelets, Flintstone Vitamins, Red Meat, Seafood, 18 Oreo cookies, Welch’s Grape Juice, Root Beer Soda, Whole milk.  On the day you donate be sure to eat a full meal and be hydrated.

 

Please register now by calling (800) RED-CROSS or go online at www.redcrossblood.org 

 

You can also download the app by texting BLOODAPP to 90999.

 

The  American Red Cross looks forward to welcoming hundreds of blood donors each day along with family and friends to participate in a chance to make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood.  The need for blood does not take a vacation.

 

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Please remember: "The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood." (TM)

The Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate, Inc. has joined with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross.  We decided to help by sponsoring Blood Drives, we average six or more each year.  Two of them are large, they are Battle of the Badges.  This is a friendly competition where one team – Milford’s Bravest or Milford’s Finest - will receive “bragging rights.”  The other is our Mega Blood Drive. Both are ten- and one-half hours.  The goal of each of them is to collect a minimum of 175 donations of blood.

 

As of March 5, 2021, the Connecticut Epilepsy Advocate has sponsored 40 blood drives collecting 1,945 units/pints of blood, which is over 243 gallons. Those 1,945 units/pints of blood gave 5,835 people “The Gift of Life”.

Here are some common questions:

 

Can people with Epilepsy give blood?  Believe it or not, some of us can.  Here are the guidelines from the American Red Cross.

 

You have to be seizure-free for a  minimum of two years.  Ask your regular doctor and your neurologist if they feel it is safe for you to do so.  If they give you the OK, contact the American Red Cross at this special number:  (866) 236-3276.  Why?   Because, there are other questions, and the biggest one is:  What medications are you on.

 

Can people with other medical conditions give blood?   Just ask your regular doctor and your specialist to see if they feel it is safe for you to do so.  If they give you the OK, contact the American Red Cross at this special number:  (866) 236-3276.

 

If you cannot donate, that is OK, so please ask family members or friends who can donate.

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