Give Red this holiday season!

December 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

sally-katie-blogWith many people on vacation or busy with family and friends this time of year, the number of blood donors decreases while the need stays the same.

Local patients — our family and friends — will need blood to survive and enjoy the New Year. You play a role making that happen. And what better way to celebrate than to give the Gift of Life to someone in need?

Please join in the Give Red Holiday Campaign by giving blood, plasma or platelets at your nearest Center or Blood Drive between now and January 5.

What’s different from past holiday years?

This year both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Thursdays (our biggest collection day) and we will be closed. Additionally, the days before and after these holidays will be lightly attended as people will opt to take more time off. Our overall capacity during this month will be reduced by almost 20% but the usage from the hospitals we support remains the same: we still need over 20,000 people to donate blood.

Give Red is a plan to make sure we have enough donors to meet the needs of our community. The success of the campaign relies on our dedicated donors making the commitment now to give between December 1st and January 5th.

Will you donate blood this holiday season? Will you join our campaign to save lives? Your commitment to give can mean all the difference to someone critically in need of a resource that can only be supplied by generous donors such as yourself.

Every donor will make a difference; please make the choice to give today.

Make your commitment during these next five weeks to Give Red! (or Yellow, if you donate platelets!)


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-old 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!

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