Red Cross Pleads for Donors as Temperatures Rise, Appointments Fall

Blood products are routinely transfused to those with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients, and accident and trauma victims. Volunteer blood donors are the primary source of blood used for transfusions, which must be available before it is needed in order to help save lives.

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About the American Red Cross

The Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply (collecting more than six million units a year from volunteer donors) to patients in 3,000 hospitals across the country through its national network. Founded in 1949, Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region must collect 5,000 donations weekly to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and other ill or injured people who need transfusions. It serves more than 80 hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit to schedule your blood donation or to sponsor a blood drive.