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December

Train derailment results in urgent plea for donors
New Release – Dec. 18, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors today following the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train between Tacoma and Olympia that is making major demands on the community blood supply. Bloodworks has issued more than 150 units of blood to respond to emergency orders from hospitals receiving people injured in the tragedy.

November

Thanksgiving: a perfect time share the gift of life
News Release – Nov. 17, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest has issued a special appeal asking people to schedule a blood donation during the next 10 days. Starting on November 20 and extending until New Year’s 2018, Bloodworks is increasing hours at its donor centers to encourage donations.

Bloodworks Marks 20 Years of Leadership in Cord Blood
News Release – Nov. 15, 2017
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Bloodworks Northwest Cord Blood Services that collects umbilical cord blood in delivery rooms of local hospitals after new mothers have given birth.

October

Cookies, juice and free iron supplements are now part of blood donations
News Release – Oct. 31, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest is urging blood donors – especially young donors – to pump some iron – no trip to the gym required.

Bloodworks responding to Las Vegas Shooting
News Release – Oct. 2, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors to help build local inventories in order to be ready to respond when shipments are needed to help victims of Las Vegas shooting.

August

NIH Awards Bloodworks $12M Grant to Advance Transfusion Safety
News Release – Aug. 29, 2017
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the national Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a grant of $12 million to James C. Zimring, MD, PhD of Bloodworks Research Institute.

Emergency Blood Components Sent to Texas
News Release – Aug. 28, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest sent an emergency shipment of blood components to the Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston, and to Carter Blood Center in Dallas.

Blood Supply Drops to Emergency Levels
News Release – Aug. 17, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors today after supplies fell to emergency levels – a one-day supply or less. Normal inventory is a four-day supply.

Heat Wave Threatens Blood Shortage
News Release – Aug. 3, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the mounting heat wave.

July

Type O supply drops 37% in 10 days
News Release – July 11, 2017
Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors after the community supply for Type O blood — the most common blood type among people in the Northwest — plunged by 37% since the beginning of July.

All too familiar with hospitals, local Boy Scout organizes blood drive
KOMO – July 5, 2017
When asked what the badges on his Boy Scout uniform represent, Seth Baker starts naming them off.

June

‘Walking Blood Bank’ Could Save Lives in Remote Areas
Voice of America – June 21, 2017
A blood network in the Pacific Northwest has developed a kit for transfusions in remote places that it says “takes the banking out of blood banking.”

Upcoming Events & Promotions

Bleed for the Blue and Green
Sept. 10, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2018
Donate blood or time and you’ll be entered to meet Seattle Linebacker Bobby Wagner!

Whole Foods Market Blood Drives
Multiple locations in Washington and Oregon throughout January.
All registered blood donors will receive a complimentary 12 oz bag of Caffe Vita coffee!

Your gift of blood, time or money saves lives.