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Blood Drive Signup

Congregation Beth Israel will host a blood drive on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. To proceed we need 25 to 30 people to commit to donate, though more donors and volunteers are appreciated!

Bloodworks Northwest (previously known as Puget Sound Blood Center) provides all of the blood used here in Whatcom County. Blood is needed every day to maintain a stable blood supply for our community. Some recipients have suffered serious injuries, severe burns, or need blood during surgery. Others have life-threatening chronic diseases like leukemia and other cancers that require frequent transfusions. A strong and stable blood supply is needed at any given moment, to ensure blood centers can respond immediately in case of an emergency or catastrophic event.

Donating blood is simple. If you’ve never donated blood before, here are a few things to know:

* Sterile, disposable equipment is used for each donation – you can’t catch anything from donating blood.

* The entire process takes about 45 minutes. You get a mini check-up where they check your pulse, blood pressure, and iron. Actual donation only takes about 10-15 minutes.

* In less than one hour, you can help as many as 3 patients in hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

To donate: Adults must weigh more than 110 lbs.; minors age 16-17 can donate with parental permission and if more than 110 lbs ( male) or 125 lbs (female). You can generally donate if you have diabetes or a stable chronic disease. You can not donate blood for 12 months after travels to areas where malaria is endemic.

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