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Why should I donate blood?

Advances in medicine have spurred life-saving discoveries over the years, but there is still no substitute for blood. In a medical emergency, blood is often a patient’s most important need. Your donation can help in situations of trauma, surgery, premature birth, anemia, cancer, and much more.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partners with many HISD high schools to sponsor blood drives throughout the academic year. Check with your school to see if there is an opportunity to donate. If your campus hosts at least two blood drives each year, seniors can apply for the $500 Commit for Life Scholarship.

“It feels scary when you see the needle and even scarier when you see your blood filling random tubes and pouches,” said Rodolfo Garcia, a recent graduate of Wisdom High School. “But the opportunity to save up to three lives is worth it. You never know when you are going to need that same help, and I am so glad I was able to donate. Drink plenty of water, listen to the nurses, and consider donating throughout the school year.”

If your campus does not offer on-site blood drives, you can schedule an appointment with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at this link.

Individuals who wish to donate must be 17 years of age or older. If you are 16 years old, you can donate blood, but you must have parental consent.

  • You must bring a valid picture ID prior to the donation (i.e. a driver’s license, state ID, passport, or student ID).
  • Donors who are 19 or older must weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Donors ages 16-18 must weigh at least 122 pounds.
  • Potential donors must be in general good health, without any cold or flu symptoms.