Summer is a challenging time for blood collection — blood centers all across the nation expect donations to fall by about 15 percent during summer, with schools and colleges on break and donors on vacation. The need for blood is continuous through the summer to support the normal needs of the regional healthcare system. Patients continue to undergo surgeries and organ transplants. Emergency rooms treat traumatic injuries and people receive blood components for cancer treatment. In addition to patient needs, we also want to ensure our community has a strong and stable blood supply at all times, in case of a catastrophic or emergency event.
Apheresis donations will be offered on San Juan and Orcas island. Apheresis allows a donor to give specific blood components, such as platelets. During the procedure, all but the needed blood component is returned to the donor. Visit www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/platelets for more info and to determine eligibility. Appointments spots are limited. If you do not have time for an apheresis appointment, whole blood donations are always welcome.
San Juan Island Blood Drive
From 12–6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at Mullis Community Senior Center.
Orcas Island Blood Drive
From 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Eastsound Fire Department.
Lopez Island Blood Drive
From 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed 1:30–2:30) on Friday, June 15 at the Community Church in the Village.
To schedule an appointment or if you have any questions, contact Sasha Seiden at Sashas@bloodworksnw.org or 360-527-3651.