Give Red this holiday season!

December 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm


The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation, even during the holidays.

We’re now well into the holiday season, and starting to experience shortages — our inventory is at emergency levels of B negative blood, and low on O positive, O negative, and AB negative as well. December is typically a slow month for blood centers, and we’re counting on you to keep the blood supply stable.

Here are a few examples of people in our community requiring blood in the last month — as you can see, just one procedure can require more than 40 lifesaving donations:

  • A B positive female at Evergreen Hospital used 11 units during labor.
  • An O positive 55-year-old female at Swedish Hospital used blood from 7 donors.
  • A 33-year-oldĀ O negative female patient with O negative blood type received 7 units.
  • A 39-year-old male with O positive blood received blood from 15 donors.
  • A 23-year-old female patient in Seattle used blood from 41 donors for an organ transplant.

Patients like Christy require regular transfusions to stay alive, and to others, like Kendra, suffering from sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are their only hope for living a normal life.

Giving blood is an hour of your time, and can be a welcome relief from the stress of shopping and family gatherings. With as many as 1 out of 3 people in the U.S. needing blood at some point in their lives, the life you save may be your own or that of someone you love.

Schedule a donation at your nearest Center or find a mobile drive today!