A total of 197 blood donors were registered during the first day of the Puget Sound Blood Center's quarterly blood drive on the Western Washington University campus Jan. 26. The drive continues today and tomorrow, Jan. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The donation locations will be in Viking Union Room 565 and also at the mobile bus in Red Square near the Humanities Building.
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. The success of the campus quarterly blood drive ranks Western as one of the largest donor groups in the Puget Sound region.
Donors must be at least 18 years old and 110 pounds, and they cannot have received a tattoo in the past year. New and returning donors are welcome, and all are encouraged to bring friends along as well. 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 after donation. To avoid a line, donors should come on the first day or early in the morning.
For more information on the Western Blood Drive, contact Catharine Vader at (360) 650-7557.