WWU to hold three-day blood drive, Jan. 28-30

The Puget Sound Blood Center will conduct a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 28-30 at Western Washington University.

The donation location will be in Room 565 of WWU’s Viking Union and at the blood center’s Mini Mobile unit parked in the campus’ Red Square.

Volunteer donors can aid as many as three patients with only one pint of blood, and it takes 900 donors a day to fill the needed supply in the Puget Sound region alone, according to the blood center. WWU ranks as one of the largest donor groups in the Puget Sound region, in large part due to the success of its quarterly blood drives.

Donors must present ID, be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds to give blood. There is no longer a one-year wait period required after receiving a tattoo if it 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.

Blood center officials say donors should 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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