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Georgetown Parks & Recreation

Blood Drives

January 14, 2022 at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Please enter through the main entrance; the Teen/Senior Center entry is currently closed.

Come lend a helping arm to support your community and save local lives!
The Georgetown Recreation Center is proud to partner with We Are Blood to host community blood drives. Donors get free snacks and the chance to earn points to score cool prizes! We encourage everyone who is eligible to come and donate – it is so important.

We are currently taking only donors with appointments (no walk-ins.) Please preregister online at wrbdonor.org or by phone at 512-206-1242 / 512-206-1266.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be at least 17 years old and in good health.
  • Eat a good meal 2-3 hours prior to donation.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID.
  • Weight: 115+ lbs
  • Blood Pressure: below 180/100 (checked free of charge)
  • Temperature: within normal limits (checked free of charge)
  • Hematocrit: at least 38% (checked free of charge)
  • Pulse: 50-100 bpm (checked free of charge)
  • For other eligibility questions as well as the latest FDA regulations for blood donation, please visit https://weareblood.org/donate-blood/eligibility/.

 

Before you come in, please read carefully:

  • NO WALK-INS. Appointments are mandatory in order to limit the number of donors on site at a given time. Registration is easy; make an appointment online or call 512-206-1242 / 512-206-1266.
  • Please do not enter the building until your appointment time. Due to distancing requirements, there is no waiting area.
  • Every donor will be directed to clean their hands at entry; We Are Blood will provide hand sanitizer.
  • If you have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19; cared for, lived with, or otherwise had close contact with individuals diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms; or experienced a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please wait at least 28 days after resolution of symptoms before attempting to donate blood.
  • Masking and social distancing are strongly encouraged. Please maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and other donors.
  • Once the donation process has begun, the staff will step away to maintain at least a 6-foot distance, only approaching the donor as needed.
  • Every donation bed, interview booth, questionnaire computer, and squeeze ball at all donor centers and mobile blood drives are thoroughly cleaned after each donor’s use. Canteen recovery areas are thoroughly cleaned every hour.

Beginning October 28, 2020 We Are Blood will conduct COVID-19 antibody testing on all donations. Please visit We Are Blood for more information.


Upcoming Blood Drives

March 11, 2022
May 6, 2022
September 15, 2022
November 11, 2022

Why Give Blood?

Giving Blood is Safe: The U.S. Surgeon General and all medical authorities agree that it is not possible to catch any disease by giving blood.

Giving Blood is Easy: Following registration, you will answer simple medical history questions and receive your mini-physical, then you will roll up your sleeve. You will feel only a brief pinch and the 5-8 minute donation will be over before you know it. Afterward, you can relax for a few minutes with refreshments.

Giving Blood is Fast: The entire life-saving process takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour, so please allow time.

Giving Blood Saves Lives: You will be helping children and adults. Because donations are processed into a variety of blood components, each donation can save the life of as many as four people – people with leukemia, cancer, anemia, severe burns, hemophilia and those undergoing surgery for illness or injury. Recipients of organ transplants often require dozens of blood donations. Your donation will help ensure an adequate supply at all times.

Giving Blood Could Benefit Your Life: Your free mini-physical gives you a check for anemia, your body temperature, pulse and blood pressure.