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Blood donations urgently needed | Washington State Department of Health

Blood donations urgently needed |  Washington State Department of Health
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For immediate release: September 15, 2022 (22-143)

Contact: DOH Communication

The back-to-school season is a critical time for our blood supply

OLYMPIA – At the end of the summer and the beginning of the school year, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Northwest Blood Coalition are urging eligible blood donors to schedule donations.

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According to the Northwest Blood Coalition, high school and college students make up nearly 25 percent of blood donations. “High school and college-age youth are critical members of our donor base,” said Jennifer Hawkins, Vitalant’s regional director.

The Northwest Blood Coalition is formed by four blood donation centers that currently serve Washington State: Vitalant, Cascade Regional Blood Centers, BloodworksNW, and the American Red Cross Northwest Region. As Angel Montes, Red Cross Executive Regional Services, describes, “The primary focus of the Northwest Blood Coalition is to provide a safe, reliable blood supply for our community.” DOH is working with the coalition to support this vital work.

“Blood centers are excited to welcome students back to school,” said Curt Bailey, President and CEO of BloodworksNW. “We want to engage those interested in the rewarding, life-saving act of donating blood — whether they’ve done it before or if it’s their first time.”

Every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. Donated blood is critical for people undergoing surgery, cancer treatments, treatments for blood disorders, childbirth complications, and other serious conditions and injuries. However, blood shortages remain a nationwide problem, and Washington state is no exception.

“We know that people want to help. Donations tend to slow down during school breaks and summer activities,” added Christine Swinehart, President and CEO of Cascade Regional Blood Centers. “As we look to fall, we want to remind people that now is a great time to donate!”

For more information and to make an appointment, visit the blood center websites linked above.

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