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 Blood Centers’ Donor Portal which helps you keep track of when you last donated, your eligibility and other information. 

Healthy Donors are the Key to Our Mission of Ensuring a Safe Blood Supply

Protecting your health is important to us, which is why we check your hemoglobin/hematocrit before you donate. Each time you donate a unit of blood, it removes iron from your body. Iron is a part of hemoglobin, which is a protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to nourish the tissues throughout your body.

It is important to keep a healthy iron level so your body can build new red blood cells daily and also replace those you donate. Iron is also important for normal growth and development, energy level and brain function. A proper iron level is especially important to pregnant women.

Most blood donors need to pay attention to their iron level, particularly:

  • Young females and males age 16-18.
  • Frequent donors: females 2x and males 3x per year.

Recommendations for successful donation:

  • Replace iron loss by taking an oral iron supplement daily for 60 days immediately following your blood donation. We recommend taking an over-the-counter (OTC) supplement or multivitamin containing 18mg of elemental iron per day. Although iron supplements are safe and compatible with most medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist if iron is appropriate if you are taking other medications. You should not take iron if you have Hereditary Hemochromatosis or other diseases or conditions related to iron overload.
  • Eat a nutritious diet rich in iron and vitamin C.

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.