Blood Drive Join VCU Rec Sports, American Red Cross and FACT student organization's Blood Drive. Here are a few tips to ensure a successful blood donation!

February 17, 11am-5pm at Cary Street Gym, Group Ex Studio

To schedule an appointment, please visit and enter “RAMS”.

Before your Donation

Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.

Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods.
Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy meal before your donation.

If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.

Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating.

You lose a large amount of iron when you donate blood. When you lose iron, you lose energy. Keep up your energy with the following foods!

Water: keeps all of our bodily systems functioning by transporting nutrients, excreting waste, regulating temperature and balancing electrolytes.
Eggs: include vitamins B2, B5, B6, B12, D, E, K, and contain many nutrients beneficial for eye health.
Nuts: help fight inflammation, maintain brain function, and nourish red blood cells.
Beans: contain fiber, protein, carbs, copper, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and magnesium.
Fiber: is important for blood clotting, building strong bones, and preventing heart disease.
Bananas: are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, potassium, and vitamin B6.
Lean meat: helps keep nerve and blood cells healthy, helps make DNA, prevent megaloblastic anemia, and fuels your brain.
Sweet potatoes: are a good source of fiber and also includes vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and C.
Apples: keep bowels functioning properly, boost immune system, prevents gallstones, decreases the risk of diabetes, and prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Dark Chocolate: contains iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.

After your Donation

To avoid a skin rash, clean the area around the strip bandage with soap and water.

Remove the wrap bandage (if you had one put on your arm) within the next hour. If the needle site starts to bleed, apply pressure to it and raise your arm straight up for about 5-10 minutes or until bleeding stops.

Drink an extra four (8 ounce) glasses of liquids and avoid alcohol over the next 24 hours. Keep the strip bandage on for the next several hours.

If you experience dizziness or feel lightheaded after donation, stop what you are doing and sit down or lie down until you feel better.

Avoid performing any activity where fainting may lead to injury for at least 24 hours. Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.

Thank you for donating!!


To schedule an appointment, please visit and enter “RAMS”.

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Connie Kottmann


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