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Date(s) - September 22, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Catholic Church of St. Mark


The Council is supporting the St. Mark Justice & Peace Ministry for this Red Cross Blood Drive donation event

The Blood Donation Process

The blood donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average.


Blood Donation Registration Process
  • We’ll sign you in and go over basic eligibility.
  • You’ll be asked to show ID, such as your driver’s license.
  • You’ll read some information about donating blood.
  • We’ll ask you for your complete address.  Your address needs to be complete (including PO Box, street/apartment number) and the place where you will receive your mail 8 weeks from donation.

Health History

Provide Health History
  • You’ll answer a few questions about your health history and places you’ve traveled, during a private and confidential interview.
  • You’ll tell us about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.
  • We’ll check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.

Tip: Speed up your donation by completing a RapidPass® online or on the Blood Donor app on the day of your donation.

Your Donation

About Your Blood Donation
  • If you’re donating whole blood, we’ll cleanse an area on your arm and insert a brand-new sterile needle for the blood draw. (This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds.)
  • Other types of donations, such as platelets, are made using an apheresis machine which will be connected to both arms.
  • whole blood donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you’ll be seated comfortably or lying down.
  • When approximately a pint of whole blood has been collected, the donation is complete, and a staff person will place a bandage on your arm.
  • For platelets, the apheresis machine will collect a small amount of blood, remove the platelets, and return the rest of the blood through your other arm; this cycle will be repeated several times over about 2 hours.

Refreshment and Recovery

Recovery After Blood Donation
  • After donating blood, you’ll have a snack and something to drink in the refreshment area.
  • You’ll leave after 10-15 minutes and continue your normal routine.
  • Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing you are helping to save lives.
  • Take a selfie, or simply share your good deed with friends. It may inspire them to become blood donors.

Tip: Don’t forget to schedule your next appointment before you leave the blood drive!