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Blood Donors Needed
Blood Donors Needed

Are you a registered blood donor? If so, consider dropping into one of the blood drives going on downtown this week. The Red Cross is in critical need of donations as we approach the long holiday weekend.

Although an emergency appeal for donors in early summer temporarily stopped a decline in donations, results from July show that Red Cross blood donations for the month were the lowest they had been since 1996.  In fact, blood donations through the Red Cross hit a 15-year low earlier this summer.

 “Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close,” said Darrin Greenlee, chief executive officer of the Puget Sound Blood Services Region.  “Rolling up a sleeve and helping save lives can be a special way to celebrate the Labor Day holiday this year,” Greenlee said.

If at least three extra donors gave blood at every Red Cross drive through the rest of summer, above what the drives expect to collect, there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs.  Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others.  These patients rely on lifesaving blood products during their treatment. 

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available.  Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time.  Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to any patient.  This blood type is often used in emergency situations when doctors do not have time to check a patient’s blood type before transfusion.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities in Seattle

Pacific Place Mall blood donor center, 740 5th Avenue.  Hours vary.

Broadway blood donor center, 139 E. Broadway Blvd.  Hours vary.

Both centers are open on Labor Day, and will offer to all presenting donors the chance to enter drawings for movie theater gift certificates and staycations.