Bloodworks serves patients in the Northwest, but we also answer emergency needs for blood from around the country. One such call came shortly after the devastating attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
The attack killed 49 people and injured more than 50. Bloodworks immediately sent 70 units to a blood center in Orlando, helping ensure that the wounded received the medical care they needed.
Moved by the tragedy in Florida and inspired by Bloodworks’ response, Portland-based Q Center—the largest LGBTQ community center in the Pacific Northwest—committed to replacing the 70 units sent to Orlando. Q Center partnered with Bloodworks to organize a blood drive just three days after the tragedy. Thanks to this drive and others that followed, Q Center registered 138 donors – far exceeding the group’s goal. Considering each donation has the potential to save three lives, Q Center’s blood drives could impact up to 414 people.
Bloodworks relies on community organizations like Q Center as well as businesses, schools, and places of worship to sponsor and host blood drives. Because blood drives are critical in ensuring adequate blood supply, we make it easy and convenient for people to donate, whether in our state-of-the-art bloodmobiles or in offices and community centers.
Is your organization interested in sponsoring a blood drive? We can help. Contact us for more information.