Roll'em Up in Richmond Beach - Blood Donors Needed Saturday

Thursday, February 27, 2014

All aboard!
Tom Petersen, aka Capt Blood, opens the door
for donors this Saturday in Richmond Beach

By Tom Petersen

The Puget Sound Blood Center's mobile unit will be in front of the Shoreline Fire Safety Center at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 20th NW this Saturday, March 1st, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The harsh winter across much of the country has depleted the nation's blood supply, with low turnouts and cancelled drives in the Midwest and Northeast, in particular. Robust blood drives in places like Richmond Beach will not only save lives locally, but will provide a few pints to parts of the country where there are "blood emergencies."   

The Richmond Beach blood drives are in their sixth year, and "maxing out" the mobile unit --- 30 donors --- will keep the neighborhood on track to register its 1000th donor by the end of the year.

Signing up for an appointment is recommended. Going to PSBC, searching Drives, and checking zip code 98177 starts the quick and easy process for new and returning donors. If a particular time is shown as "full," though, it is still possible to walk up and get in, at that time or any other. If there is a rush, the location is surrounded by shops and restaurants where prospective donors can get a snack while they wait. 

As always, PSBC's cooperating business, D'z Barbershop, is offering its famous "Clip and Drip Special:" Get a haircut at the regular price, go donate blood for free.


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