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Date:               7 April 2020

Contact:          John Yeager | 425-765-9845 | JYeager@BloodworksNW.org

                          Karen Kirby | 206-689-6359| karenk@bloodworksnw.org

Bloodworks Northwest and Seattle Mariners Team Up to Save Lives

T-Mobile Park home to three week pop-up blood drive for local donors 

Seattle, WA – Bloodworks Northwest and the Seattle Mariners announce a special three week Pop-Up Blood Drive experience at T-Mobile Park from Monday, April 13 to Sunday, May 2, 2020 to ensure blood needs are being met amid COVID-19 pandemic. Mariners fans, including those who’ve never donated blood before, are urged to make their one-hour donation appointment today as a safe and essential action to support local patients. In accordance with current social distancing guidelines, only scheduled appointments will be allowed and no walk-ins, guests, or people under age 16 are permitted onsite. On the day of their appointment, Mariners fans are invited to wear team colors as they save a life #Together4SEA. Every donor will receive two tickets to an upcoming Mariners game. Fans are reminded that bags are not allowed inside the park.

“This is an unprecedented time, but when there is a crisis, our community always comes together,” said former Mariners All-star catcher and Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson, who will be among the first to donate on Monday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. “Giving blood is something we all can do to help to meet a critical need during this national emergency.  My wife, Annie, and I are grateful for the opportunity to be able to assist in some small way. My hope is everyone who is able to give blood will sign up to donate at T-Mobile Park or at a Bloodworks center close to home.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with the Seattle Mariners to keep the blood shelves stocked,” said Bloodworks Northwest President & CEO Curt Bailey. “The health of our community depends on donors making blood donation a regular habit. Creating this opportunity for people to donate blood at T-Mobile Park is how we keep our community safe. Our community is counting on the best fans in baseball to look after our friends, family, and neighbors by donating blood.”

Although hospitals are postponing elective surgeries for now, people of all blood types are still needed to make an appointment to give blood every day in support of cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, or to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients, among others.

“We’re pleased to join the Mariners in welcoming Bloodworks Northwest to T-Mobile Park,” said Executive Director of the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District Joshua Curtis. “Both the Public Facilities District and Mariners are committed to ensuring the ballpark is a valued public asset – we can’t imagine a better public purpose than helping to respond to COVID-19.”

Also supporting the effort are Mariners corporate partners Pepsi and Hempler’s Foods, which are providing refreshments for all donors during the pop-up blood drives at T-Mobile Park.

Bloodworks has posted information addressing questions and concerns for blood donors at bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus. Blood donation takes about an hour from registration to post-donation refreshment. Information about who can donate and where, is available at www.bloodworksnw.org.

WHERE:

Ellis Pavilion

1250 1st Ave. S

Seattle, WA 98134 (Located on the street level, adjacent to 3rd Base Entry)

Entrance: 1st Ave and Edgar Martinez Drive, to the left of the Ken Griffey Jr Statue

Free Parking: Parking Plaza which is located adjacent to the Mariners Garage located on the corner of Edgar Martinez Drive & Occidental St.

 

WHEN:

Mondays 8am – 4pm (except 4/13, which will be 10am-4pm)

Wednesdays 10am – 6pm

Saturdays 8am – 4pm

 Sign-Up Link: https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/GroupLanding.aspx?s=0243 

By appointment only

Additional Resources:
For the latest information on COVID-19 please visit the CDC website and Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 main page.

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