Are you thinking about donating blood? Blood donation is a great way to give back to the community and potentially save a life. It is easy, painless, and safe, and we’ve got all the information you need to ensure that this first donation is a successful one.

Community Blood Donation
Just as the Gift of Life can take the form of a life-saving organ, it can also take the form of a critical blood transfusion, and ConnectLife is the organization offering Western New Yorkers the opportunity to save and enhance the lives of neighbors – whether through organ, eye, tissue or community blood donation.  In 2005, ConnectLife was approached by area hospitals looking for a cost-effective alternative for purchasing blood.  By collecting, processing and distributing all the blood locally, ConnectLife’s Community Blood Service has already saved local hospitals over $10 million. 
Since beginning collections in June 2007, ConnectLife has become the primary supplier of blood products for ECMC, Kaleida Health, and all the hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming Counties. Our local hospitals need to maintain an adequate supply of blood for emergency situations and it is up to ConnectLife and the generosity of our donors to help provide safe levels of blood inventory.
Why choose ConnectLife when donating blood?
In donating through ConnectLife, you are making sure that your friends, family, and neighbors have blood available when they need it. Blood donated through ConnectLife will go to local patients in need at local hospitals.

Myths About Blood Donation

Blood Donor Guidelines
The following are general guidelines for blood donation. Note that they do not represent a complete list of possible deferrals. Please contact us at 716-529-4270 or visit one of our Neighborhood Donation Centers for more detailed information (Southgate Plaza, Tonawanda Donation Center, and Eastern Hills Mall).

Common Eligibility Criteria

Donation Process
It’s a simple thing to do that takes less than an hour. Just think, potentially saving the life of up to 3 people takes less time than it takes to watch a television show.
There are 4 easy steps to blood donation.
Registration: Photo ID must be presented prior to donation to identify you at every donation.
Interview: To determine if you are all right to donate we will ask questions about health, travel and medicines.
Mini-physical: Take your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. Take a small blood sample to make sure you are not anemic.
Phlebotomy: Blood donation takes 5-15 minutes.

Blood donation tips
Hydrate your body with water!
A hydrated body makes for a successful donation.
When you think you have had enough, DRINK MORE!
Make sure you eat the morning of donation
Prepare yourself for donating by eating iron rich foods.
Many women have “iron poor” blood. Increasing your intake of vitamin C will also help your body absorb iron.
Foods high in iron
Prunes, watermelon, dried apricots, dried peaches, strawberries, etc.
Enriched white bread, whole wheat bread, enriched macaroni, wheat products, bran cereal, cream of wheat, etc.
Liver, beef, lamb, ham, turkey, chicken, veal pork
Shrimp, dried cod, mackerel, sardines, scallops, tuna, etc.
Spinach, beet greens, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, peas, etc.
Vitamin C
Grapefruit, oranges, cantaloupe, tomatoes, fortified juices, etc.
Other foods
Eggs, almonds, sunflower seeds, lentils, dried beans, dried peas, etc.

 Ready to Make an Appointment to Donate?
Where Do I Donate Blood?
16 Year-Old Permission Form