Giving the gift of life by donating blood is a safe and simple process.

At Heartland Blood Centers, all of our work depends on donors like you. It is a quick and easy procedure to donate blood or one of the other blood products we collect. For most donors, the process takes only about an hour from start to finish.

Step 1:

Donor Registration

During the registration process, we collect basic contact information and give you important reading material on the blood donation process. Donors must present a valid photo I.D. and proof of age during registration.

Step 2:

Screening & Mini-Physical

We conduct a confidential interview with you to learn more about your medical history so that we can determine your eligibility to donate blood. Our medical professionals will conduct a brief physical exam – checking your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level – so that we can be sure it is safe for you to make your donation.

Step 3:

Blood Donation

After you are settled into a comfortable chair, a Heartland Blood Centers representative will cleanse your arm with antiseptic and begin the blood draw using a new, sterile kit for each donor. It takes about five to eight minutes to donate whole blood, longer for automated donations such as platelets or double red cells.

Step 4:

Relax and Rehydrate

Following your donation, we invite you to relax with some juice and cookies in our refreshment area. These refreshments help your body to replenish fluids lost during the donation process. Your donation will then be taken back to our laboratory for testing and processing.

After Your Donation


It’s important to drink lots of fluids the first 24 hours after you’ve donated and avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for a few hours. If you feel light-headed, lie down until you feel better.  

After your first donation, you’ll receive a letter with your donor ID number. Use your ID number to access your personal account on the Heartland Bood Centers’ Donor Portal which helps you keep track of when you last donated, your eligibility and other information. 

Schedule a Donation Today!

Blood donation is a safe and simple process that usually takes only about one hour of your time.

At Heartland Blood Centers, we offer on-line scheduling of blood donation appointments. If you are ready to give the gift of life, please click here to schedule your appointment.