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Bloodworks Northwest is asking for donations to boost supplies of all blood types so they can achieve 1,000 donations per day and have enough blood on hand in case of an emergency.

We love the summer season. The blood supply doesn't. You can help!

Summer in the Pacific Northwest can't be beaten, but as we flock outside to enjoy all the activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer, our region's critical and lifesaving blood supply struggles. With so much to do, it's easy to forget the patients in local hospitals depending on those donations for their treatments and recoveries. Essentially, when the blood supply dips, the ability to help those patients disappears too.

That's why our community needs everyone who's able to donate blood this summer to book a donation appointment with Bloodworks Northwest. In just one hour, we can all help save the life of someone undergoing surgery, receiving treatment for cancer, or recovering from transplant. Then we can return to that favorite outside activity, feeling even better after giving someone the gift of life.

One in three Americans will need blood sometime in their lifetime, and when blood shortages occur, their health can be at risk. The summer season presents us with many opportunities to have fun and enjoy our beautiful region, but it also brings fewer blood donation appointments, more cancellations, and a higher need for blood as accident rates increase. The ongoing effects from the COVID-19 pandemic have only added to these challenges.

Without direct action from individuals habitually donating blood every 56 days, a blood shortage can easily devolve into a public health crisis. That's why community leaders and Bloodworks Northwest, our community blood center and supplier of blood to 95% of our local hospitals, are asking for your help now.

Pop-up blood drives in unique venues like arenas and museums have helped generate more donations for Bloodworks Northwest, but there's still an overwhelming need for your help.

Bloodworks Northwest is asking for donations to boost supplies of all blood types so they can achieve 1,000 donations per day and have enough blood on hand in case of an emergency like a mass shooting, high-casualty accident, or natural disaster. Universal type-O-negative blood is especially critical because it's given to patients who need blood in emergency situations or when other types of blood are in low supply. Anyone who is at least 18 years old and at least 110 pounds can donate blood every 56 days.

Bloodworks donation centers have adapted to make the donation process as safe for everyone as possible. You can only donate by appointment, masks are required, and the donation centers are socially distanced to space donors apart from each other. No visitors or people under 16 years old are allowed during appointments. Keep in mind that people can donate blood 10 days after COVID-19 symptoms resolve.

Bonus tip for the summer: All Bloodworks Northwest Donor Centers are air conditioned, so you can beat the heat and help save a life at the same time!

Bloodworks Northwest has some other recommendations for your donation day:

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Eat a healthy meal before your visit.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Budget about an hour of your time. You won't be in the donation chair for that long because the actual donation only takes about 10 minutes. The No. 1 reason people choose not to donate blood is a fear of needles, but Bloodworks Northwest assures you that the impact of those 10 minutes of courage will make a profound impact on the lives of others.

Win a stand-up paddleboard!

You read that right! You can help Bloodworks Northwest reach their goal of 1,000 donors per day and win big at the same time. Through July 31, every donor can enter to win a stand-up paddleboard because our community's lifesavers should be able to hit Lake Union in style!

Click here to schedule an appointment to donate. Volunteering is also an important part of the blood donation process. If you'd like to get involved, click here to see how you can help.