Want to Give Blood?: Wake County Blood Drives

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All six regional libraries will be hosting blood drives in the month of December.  Giving blood is a great way to give back to your community. Wake County citizens ages 16 and up can give blood, although if you are age 16, you do have to have a signed parent permission form.

Last year was my first time giving blood, and it was easy to do.  I have never been able to give blood before because of low blood count, but thanks so a great multi-vitamin, my hemoglobin is up, up, up. 

First you read the list of requirements needed to give blood.  Then you go into the blood donation room (or bloodmobile) and have a private interview with one of the nurses.  After you answer the questions, you lie on a comfortable couch and nice people come and take care of you and act nice to you.  You can even read a book while your fluids are departing your body.

The last thing you do is really tough.  They give you some snacks and a juice or soda and you eat a snack!  They tell you to take it easy for a good hour after donating and not to make sudden movements.  You also get a free t-shirt.

Find a list of participating libraries, with dates and times, here.  It is recommended that you make an appointment.  You can also find the list of requirements on the same page.

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