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Why Donate with Stanford Blood Center?

SBC is a community blood center that connects local donors to local patients through blood donation.

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.

Blood donors are life savers!

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.

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Mohan Mahal — A Change of Heart

Manmohan (Mohan) Mahal thought he had found the meaning of life after achieving success in his high-stress job here in Silicon Valley.

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STANFORD, Calif. — Stores of O- blood products at Stanford Blood Center (SBC) are critically low, and area blood donors are being asked to make their earliest available appointment to ensure a sustainable supply for local hospitals.


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Sniffling, coughing and fevers. That’s right folks, flu season is upon us. And unfortunately, flu season also means more canceled appointments for blood donation due to sickness.

Blood Donation: How it Works

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Before your appointment:

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
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After your blood 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
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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.