Hosting a Blood Drive FAQ
How many donors do I need
to have a blood drive?
We can come out for 3-4 hours with our small
bloodmobile if you have 15-20 donors, or the larger bloodmobile,
when you have 25-35 committed donors. A field drive can also be set
up at your place of business if you have 20 donors or more
What is a "committed" donor?
Someone who has signed up on the Donor Sign-up Sheet stating
they will donate at your blood drive. Our experience shows that
prospective donors who sign up in advance will be more committed to
giving at your blood drive. Taking their phone number will help to
make reminder calls 1-2 days before the drive date.
When can I schedule a date for our drive?
When you have a commitment of at least 12-15 donors, contact our
Blood Drive Coordinator at (559) 389-5433, ext. 5445, to schedule a
date. Blood drives are usually scheduled about two months in
advance, but we may have an earlier opening in our schedule.
Why do I have to get advance commitments
from donors before I schedule a date?
Through our experience, we have learned that an advance commitment
from donors usually ensures they will participate. Advance
commitments help you, your donors and us, your community
we are a nonprofit organization committed to providing patients and
donors with the most cost-effective, high quality services
available, advance commitments are necessary. This helps us ensure
enough resources to adequately service our donors and ultimately
ensure an ample supply of blood for patients in your community,
making the most efficient use of limited resources.
How do I decide between an indoor blood
drive or use the Bloodmobile?
You can do either one depending on the capabilities of your group.
For blood drives of 50 or more we recommend you host the drive
inside your location. An inside blood drive requires a minimum of
25' x 30' of space (or larger if you expect more than 65 donors).
For smaller inside blood drives (15 to 30 donors) you will need a
room 20' x 20'. At your site you will also need to provide tables
and chairs. The
provide all other equipment. If no space is available inside your
location, we will bring one of our Bloodmobiles. The bus is about 40
feet long, will need about six level parking spaces and can
accommodate about 50 donors. The mini-bus is about 25 feet long,
will need four level parking spaces and can accommodate 12 to
How do I get people to sign
Don't be shy; ask them. The main reason people don't donate blood is
that they have not been asked. Another option is to form a committee
and have each person recruit a certain number of donors. Tell
potential donors that each donation can save as many as three lives.
Also, if this drive takes place at work, make sure that you have the
support from upper management so that your donors may give on
How long does it take to
About 60 minutes from walking in the door to walking out. The
collection of one pint of blood only takes about 15 minutes.
Who can donate?
Almost anyone in good health (no colds or flu), who weighs a minimum
of 110 pounds, and is at least 17 years old (16 years old with
written parental consent) may donate. For health-related questions,
refer to the
Frequently Asked Questions and
Donor Eligibility or call Donor Services at (559) 389-5901. Some
medications, medical conditions, or risk factors may be a basis for
deferral. We encourage all donors to eat and drink plenty of fluids
If you have more questions
or want to set up a blood drive.
Please call (559) 389-LIFE (5433) and a recruiter will be assigned
to answer all your questions, provide promotional ideas and
materials and guide your organization through the process.