Due to increased patient need, we have an immediate need for O+ donors. Please book your next available appointment by calling 888-723-7831.

Previously deferred? You may now be eligible to donate! As of September 17, we have updated a number of our deferral policies per an FDA guidance released earlier this year. Learn more at stanfordbloodcenter.org/fda-releases-updated-deferrals.

Did you know…?

About every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

That means, this many people have needed blood since you arrived here:

Today’s Blood Need

Click a blood type or product below to learn more. Those in red indicate an increased need today.

Why Donate with Stanford Blood Center?

SBC is a community blood center that connects local donors to local patients through blood donation. We are a leader in the fields of transfusion and transplantation medicine, supplying essential blood products, testing and transplant matching services to several Bay Area hospitals. 

With our state-of-the art labs and world-class leadership, we are advancing research through support and innovation, while providing fellowship and residency opportunities to train the medical leaders of tomorrow. 

At Stanford Blood Center, we love our donors! Through mobile blood drives, education and partnerships, we connect our community, celebrating our dedicated blood donors and encouraging first-time donors to become real-life heroes.

SBC Stories — read patient stories

Blood donors are lifesavers!

Have you ever wondered, “Where does my blood go? Am I really making an impact? Who am I helping?” To remind you how much your blood donation matters, we like to share stories of local patients who have been helped by Stanford Blood Center donors. Read the latest story here, or read them all and get inspired for your next donation!

Teddy

TEDDY’S STORY: OVERCOMING ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA

When Teddy Oh was 18 months old, his mother and father, Won and Jin, knew something was not right. Teddy had had a persistent cough, and though his doctors did not think much of it at first, the cough was quickly compounded with additional symptoms, principally lethargy and distention of his stomach. A week after his symptoms had progressed, the family went back for a re-check with his pediatrician and was told immediately to take Teddy to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCHS) emergency room.

After running blood tests, doctors determined that Teddy’s white cells were highly elevated and that his platelets were particularly low. The doctors suspected leukemia and, after checking Teddy’s bone marrow, their suspicions were sadly confirmed. In August of 2018, at just a year and a half, Teddy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a blood cancer originating from improper growth of the bone marrow cells…

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SBC IN THE NEWS

Stanford Blood Center Kicks Off #EverydayBrave Campaign

STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is launching a special campaign to help spread the word about blood donation: #EverydayBrave. When you give blood at any SBC donor center or mobile blood drive during October, you’ll get a limited-edition #EverydayBrave face mask as a thank-you. We encourage you to wear your mask as a…

HEMOBLOGIN: THE SBC BLOG

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FAQ on Novel Coronavirus and Blood Donation

We would like to take this opportunity to provide some additional information about coronavirus and blood donation. Our hope is that people interested in donating blood consider all of the facts of the situation, namely that COVID-19 does not pose any special risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives....

Blood Donation: How it Works

Preparing to donate

Before your appointment:

  • Always be sure to drink plenty of water before donating blood!
  • Eat an iron-rich meal. Eating enough iron is essential to ensuring that your hemoglobin level is right for donating. You can check out some tips on getting enough iron here.
  • Bring your donor ID. If you have a donor ID, be sure to bring it with you to your appointment. First-time donors or returning donors without a donor ID card should bring a valid state-issued photo identification.

Avoid alcohol and fatty foods for 24 hours, and aspirin (if donating platelets) for 48 hours, before your donation.

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The Donation Process

Congratulations, you made an appointment to donate blood and save lives! So what happens now? There are four basic steps to every blood donation:

  1. Registration
  2. Medical History
  3. Donation
  4. Rest & Refreshments
post-donation

After your blood donation:

  • Always be sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate.
  • Sit down or lie down if you feel lightheaded or dizzy. Call our post-donation callback line at (650) 725-9968 if you feel unwell.
  • Rest and replenish iron. We recommend you take an iron supplement and/or eat foods rich in iron combined with a source of vitamin C after your donation.

Avoid alcoholic beverages and vigorous exercise for at least 24 hours after donating, and be sure to keep that bandage on for a few hours!

Please call our post-donation callback line at (650) 725-9968 immediately if you:

  • feel that your blood should not be given to a patient;
  • are not sure that your blood is safe;
  • develop a fever within 24 hours after donating;
  • have any illness within two weeks of your donation; or
  • are diagnosed by a physician as having West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, Zika, or Ebola virus Infection.
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Where does my blood go?

Learn about the life of blood through a new donor’s eye.

It’s my first time donating blood. I walk into Stanford Blood Center (SBC) and I don’t know what to expect. I am a bit nervous because I’m not a big fan of needles, but I know I’m doing this for a good cause. I am greeted by the front desk staff and registered as a new donor with SBC. After completing a brief questionnaire about my health, lifestyle, and recent travel, I sit down with a technician who goes over the blood donation process with me.