Western Washington’s blood supply has taken a hit due to a spike in demand during the last 10 days.
The area’s inventory has dropped by 20 percent since Sunday. As a result, the Puget Sound Blood Center is urging people in Western Washington to donate blood in the coming weeks.
Donations typically drop during the summer months because of vacations and travel plans, according to the center.
It takes more than 900 donor registrations every day to maintain an operational blood supply in Western Washington. But just one pint of blood can potentially save three lives, according to the center.
The local donor center, Southwest Washington Blood Program, is at 9320 N.E. Vancouver Mall Blvd., Suite 100, in Vancouver. Call 800-398-7888 to make an appointment and visit http://www.psbc.org for donor center hours.