WWU fall blood drive set for Oct. 16, 17 and 18

The Puget Sound Blood Center returns to Western Washington University for its fall blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16, 17 and 18.

Donation locations will be in Room 565 of the Viking Union building, as well as at a “mini mobile” site in WWU’s Red Square near the Humanities Building.

Volunteer donors can aid as many as three patients with only one pint of blood, according to the Puget Sound Blood Center, and it takes 900 donors per day to fill the needed supply in the Puget Sound region alone.

Donors must be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds to give blood. This year, there is no longer a one-year wait period required after receiving a tattoo, as long as the tattoo was acquired in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho or Montana.

New and returning donors are welcome, and all are encouraged to bring friends along as well.

Donation directors advise donors to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating. The entire process takes less than an hour, and free juice and cookies are offered following donation.

For more information, contact Catharine Vader at 360-650-7557.

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