Friday, July 19th, 2019
10 AM - 3 PM
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Acequia Wing Conference Room & Lobby
305 W. Acequia Ave., Visalia
Join us for our summer, ice cream themed blood drive! We will be serving
ice cream in waffle cones. All donors will also receive a certificate
for a free pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream. Be sure to enter our grand
prize opportunity drive for an ice cream maker and party pack!
All donors must provide photo identification to donate - must include
To reserve your spot,
please call (559) 612-7995 or
CLICK HERE to register online.
NEW TATTOO POLICY
The time is now! You are no longer ineligible to donate blood just because
you've gotten a tattoo!
For more information on the change in policy, see the
FAQ Sheet or call the Central California Blood Center at (559) 389-5433.
STEPS FOR SUCCESSFUL DONATION
Step 1: EAT WELL
A large meal rich in protein, fat and carbs, prior to donating
Step 2: HYDRATE
Drink as much water as you can handle
Step 3: RELAX
Don't stress! Donating is easy, relatively pain free, and is done
in a average of 10-15 minutes
Step 4: HEALTH
Be sure that you are feeling well and healthy
Step 5: REST
Have a snack and drink post-donation and no strenuous exercise or alcohol
for 24 hours
WHY YOU NEED IRON NUTRITION
Iron nutrition is important for normal body function and health. The recommended
dietary allowance (RDA) for pre-menopausal women is 15 mg per day. The
RDA for men and post-menopausal women is 10 mg per day. In order to give
blood, it will be determined first if it is safe for you. During the screening
process, a small finger stick will be given to take a small sample of
blood to screen your hemoglobin level. If that level is lower than acceptable,
you will need to increase your intake of iron-rich foods prior to your
Increase iron intake through foods:
- All types of red meat, fish and poultry are excellent dietary sources of
iron, since iron from these sources is most easily absorbed by your body.
- Many vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and grains are also good dietary sources
of iron, but iron from plant sources such as these are not absorbed efficiently
by your body. Vitamin C enhances iron absorption from such plant sources,
so eating vitamin C containing foods (grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, broccoli
and strawberries) in combination with iron-rich vegetables, fruits, nuts,
etc. is recommended.
What to avoid:
- Caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks) when taken
with meals can act as iron blockers, as well as excess consumption of
high fiber foods or bran supplements.
GIVE A GALLON, GET A DAY
Kaweah Delta employees can receive the benefit of one full day of PTO after
donating 8 pints (1 gallon) of blood. Please keep your donor paperwork
as record of your donations. Donors may continue to donate blood every 8 weeks.