SF Bay Area Blood Drives

Here is a list of upcoming San Francisco Blood Drives.

Feel free to add to this list by adding a “Comment” below:

November / December 2004:

November 15 through Saturday, January 8
Be a holiday hero! Donate blood at one of the Centers below around the holidays and you’ll receive a T-shirt, designed by a patient at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, as a thank you gift!

SF Bay Area Blood Donation Centers
Stanford Blood Center
780 Welch Road, Suite 100
Palo Alto

Monday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday Noon to 7:30 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Thursday Noon to 7:30 pm
Friday 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays

Stanford Blood Center
515 South Drive, Suite 20
Mountain View

Monday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday Noon to 7:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to Noon
Closed Sundays and Holidays

San Francisco Irwin Program

270 Masonic Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 567-6400


Hours of operation:
Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

This center is part of the Blood Centers of the Pacific. This organization is a non-profit blood donation center and has around 400 full time employees. They also help over 50,000 patients a year from folks that are donating the blood. BCP also has a mobile blood donation program that travels to main areas of a town to get people to donate off the street.

What is donated:
Whole blood donation as this Center.

What do they do with the blood?
The blood is used to help folks that need it. For example, transfusions put back needed blood after a surgery. Also, after a tramatic injury, one like an car accident or such, the blood can be replaced. Currently, there is no known substitute for blood, all of it must be derived from donors.

How much does the center pay per donation?
$0, this is a non-profit organization that gives the blood to hospitals like this one: UCSF/Mt. Zion Medical Center. There are many other local hospitals that get donations as well.

How often can one donate at the center?
You can donate blood once every 8 weeks.

What tests are performed prior to signing up?
New donors must have a driver’s license social security card or proof of residency. They conduct a brief medical history, and determine if you are in good health. Then they check vitals- temperature, blood pressure, and pulse, and check for iron level and protein level with a finger stick.
Also, donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

How long does a donation take?
On the first visit, the whole process which includes a quick physical exam and the blood donation it usually takes about 30 minutes. After that it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish.

Are there any upfront costs for the potential donor to enroll in the program (startup costs)?
NONE, all are welcomed, but remember that it helps if you are in fairly good health to get accepted.

Juice and Cookies afterwards! Plus this center is near the Geary 38 bus line. A major bus route in San Francisco.

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6 thoughts on “SF Bay Area Blood Drives

  1. I wish I could donate/trade blood or plasma just for the good feeling but I am in dire need of money. I’ve tried searching online without much luck. Do you know of anywhere in northern California (Marin/Sonoma/Napa/Mendocino counties) that will pay you for blood or plasma??? Thanks so much in advance!!

    • @JenH I could only find two blood banks in Napa. Blood banks don’t pay. If you want quick cash, most plasma banks are located in Bakersfield. There are two plasma companies in this city – the Biomat USA. There is also one in Orange and in Sacramento.

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