FERNDALE, Wash. — Donating blood is considered an essential activity and, as such, blood donors are exempt from Washington State’s “Stay home, Stay healthy” order. And as hospitals are resuming surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatments, patient needs and requests for blood are rising quickly, according to Bloodworks Northwest officials. Demand could reach pre-COVID-19 levels before the blood supply is ready.
To help meet this demand, a “pop-up” donation site will be set up in the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center beginning at 10am on Monday, June 1st, and Wednesday, June 3rd.
Pop-up donation sites are being scheduled throughout western Washington. “Mounting requests from hospitals are outpacing current collection levels,” said Curt Bailey, President and CEO of Bloodworks Northwest on May 13th. “We cannot afford to re-start these and other treatments without being utterly certain the blood will be there and steadily available over the coming days and months. Thankfully, area sports teams, venues, and businesses have rallied to make this creative new approach for blood donation possible in this crucial time.”
The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce is organizing the Ferndale pop-up donor site in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest, BP Cherry Point Refinery and the Bellingham Bells.
Organizers say donors will each receive 2 tickets to a Bellingham Bells baseball game during the 2021 season.
The one-hour donations at the pop-up donor center are by appointment only. The pop-up centers are being conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines. No walk-ins, guests or people under age 16 will be permitted onsite.