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Donating platelets takes a little longer than donating whole blood, so kick back, get comfortable and relax with a movie on one of our iPads! All of our Community Donor Centers have Netflix accounts and free wifi!

All participating platelet donors will receive a VBS branded sweatshirt blanket to keep warm during the apheresis process. Limit one blanket per donor per promotional time period, while supplies last!

New to donating platelets? Check out some information to get you started!

Do you know why platelets are so important?

  • Some cancer treatments cause a loss of platelets. These specialized blood cells help control blood clotting. When platelet levels fall too low, patients are given a transfusion of platelets to replenish their supply and prevent life-threatening hemorrhages.
  • A platelet donation takes just a little longer than a whole blood donation and is done via an automated system that returns other components to your body. Because their shelf life is very short (just 5 days compared to 42 days for whole blood), platelets are constantly needed. Your ONE donation for platelets will allow you to donate enough for a complete patient dose. That’s supporting ONE patient directly!
  • You can continue to support patients every 7 days through platelet donations. Please consider increasing your donation frequency and continue to support life through blood donation.
  • A+, B+ and AB blood types are best suited for platelet donations


To schedule a platelet appointment, click here.

If you are interested in hosting a platelet blood drive to honor a recipient, please contact us!

Donate Platelets. Save Lives.

Rules: Promotion runs 4/27/18 – 5/11/18. Limit one blanket per participating apheresis donor per promotional time period. Promotion good at all participating Virginia Blood Services donor centers and mobile platelet drives. Giveaways and prizes are nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. While supplies last. Must be at least 18 years of age (16 or 17 years of age with signed parental consent) for actual donation. ITxM and Virginia Blood Services employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Please bring ID with you on the day of the blood drive. Proper ID is required to donate blood. A Virginia Blood Services or military ID, driver’s license, passport or employee or student ID with picture and full name are all approved forms of ID. Birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name will also be accepted.