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Blood donations needed: Give now

The Southwest Washington Blood Program holds several blood drives each year on the WSU Vancouver campus at WSU Vancouver. We have our two-day drives coming up on Monday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Many people are not aware that our blood program actually provides 90 percent of the blood needed in Clark County. The Southwest Washington Blood Program has been the exclusive provider of blood to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center since 1995. We supply them with over 10,000 units of blood every year!

The Southwest Washington Blood Program is a non-profit organization that has been around for nearly 70 years. We provide blood to 70 hospitals and clinics throughout Western Washington. One of our philosophies is to hold drives in communities where we provide blood. This allows people to potentially save the lives of patients in their own community. We are occasionally asked to supply blood outside of western Washington. Recently we were asked to help blood centers in New York and New Jersey due to Hurricane Sandy.

We are always in need of blood donors and we hope to have a successful two-day drive on campus in two weeks. We will be set up at the Firstenburg Student Commons area from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on both Nov. 24 – 25. We have a goal of 25 donors each day. People may sign up at the Office of Student Involvement. We will also hold a tabling sign-up event near the fountain from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov. 15.

One donated pint of blood can help save the lives of three patients as we separate each collected unit into red cells, platelets and plasma. Blood is considered a medicine, and, as such, we are regulated by the FDA. Blood cannot be made synthetically, so the only way patients who need blood survive is through donated blood. Every two minutes someone in Western Washington needs blood. Thanks to the many volunteers who roll up their sleeves, blood will be available for those in need.

Sincerely,

Yvette Olive
Donor Resources Representative
Southwest Washington Blood Program
Division of Puget Sound Blood Center

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