How to donate blood in Charleston, SC

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

The entire process is not only safe, but pretty painless, too.🩸

Places to donate blood in Charleston

The Blood Connection
, 5870 Core Rd., North Charleston

Charleston Red Cross, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 

  • Visit the website to schedule an appointment.

Here’s what you need to do

  • Read up on the requirements for donating blood to see if you are eligible to give blood.
  • You’ll be asked to complete a blood donor history questionnaire to fast-track your appointment. No worries if you can’t get to it ahead of time, you can always complete it on site if that works better for you. 
  • When you arrive to donate blood, expect a short physical (temperature, pulse + blood pressure check, and a small finger prick to check your hemoglobin levels).
  • If you’re cleared to donate, sit back and relax — it’ll be over before you know it. 

Things to remember

  • Eat a hearty meal beforehand + 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 + 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. 

Fun + bloody facts 

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

*Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive resource for donating blood. Please do your research beforehand and speak with your doctor before donating.