Since 1917, the American Red Cross has served the Pacific Northwest which includes Washington and Oregon, by preventing and alleviating human suffering. Blood and platelet donors can feel confident that by donating blood through the Red Cross that they are helping to ensure that blood products are available for patients in more than 60 hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region, as well as about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. The Red Cross is the only blood services provider that also offers health and safety training, serves as a vital communication link between military personnel and their families, teaches disaster preparedness, and provides relief to victims of disasters.
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors of all blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driverâ€™s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.