FAQ

Here are some answers to frequently-asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact one of our donor specialists at 1-877-24-BLOOD.

Is my blood type rare? Who can receive my blood type?

There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O. Click here for a detailed chart about blood types!

 

How old do I have to be to donate blood?

If you are in general good health, you can donate blood starting at age 16. If you are under the age of 18, you will need a signed parental permission to donate form. You can continue to donate blood for as long as your health permits. There is no upper age limit to blood donation.

 

What do I need to know about donating blood and eligibility?

Check out Facts About Donating Blood and Know Before Donating for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about blood donations and eligibility. If you still have questions, contact a donor specialist at 1-877-24-BLOOD.

 

You can also watch this fun video about the blood donation process:

Why is it important to donate blood?

Every three seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and 100 percent of the community blood supply comes from volunteer blood donors. To see more information about why donating blood matters, check out Numbers Save.

 

Can I hold a bone marrow drive or register to be a bone marrow donor with CRBS?

Yes! Cascade Regional Blood Services partners with Be the Match National Marrow Donor Program to facilitate joining the registry for those who wish to become bone marrow donors. For more information about how you can host a bone marrow drive or join the registry, email marketing@crbs.net or call 253-383-2553 and ask for marketing.

 

How should I prepare for donating blood?

There are a number of things you can do to help ensure a good donation, like drinking plenty of non-caffeinated beverages and eating well before your donation. For more information, read our advice on how to Be Prepared.

 

I was deferred for low iron. What can I do?

There are a number of iron-rich foods you can add to your diet, such as fish, beans and spinach. Click here for more.

 

How is Cascade Regional Blood Services regulated?

Blood centers are considered drug manufacturers and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. CRBS also belongs to Blood Centers of America and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks.