In order to get more people interested in donating blood, Bloodworks Northwest is offering some incentives.
The blood collection organization announced mid-July it was setting up a new pop-up donation center at the Black Diamond Masonic Center due to the fact the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to traditional blood drives.
Two blood-donation days have already passed, but there were nearly nearly 60 open spots for the July 8 and July 9 donation dates as of Monday, July 6.
Additionally, the Enumclaw Church of Latter-Day Saints is hosting a pop-up donor center on Aug. 25, 27, and 31, as well as Sept. 2.
Those who sign up to donate blood between today and July 11 by calling 800-398-7888 or heading to schedule.bloodworksnw.org will receive a $20 gift card of their choice for either Target, Amazon, Walmart, Safeway, Whole Foods, Door Dash, Uber Eats, Grub Hub, Red Robin, and Taco Time.
Gift cards will be e-mailed to donors, so make sure your email address is up-to-date when you donate. Gift cards are expected to be delivered by July 16.
Additionally, anyone that donates blood between now and July 31 will be entered into a raffle to win a stationary Peloton Bike. Donors who give blood by July 11 will be entered into the raffle twice.
The winner will be announced on or about Aug. 10.
According to the organization, its blood supply — which covers hospitals from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska — has dropped 14 percent overall since the beginning of May, with some specific blood types have dropping as much as 40 percent. This issue is exacerbated with hospitals having increased their need for blood by 10 percent.
“Bloodworks is anticipating a shortfall of 6,000 donations through the July Fourth holiday due to low donor turnout,” a June 29 press release stated. “A shortage this large could impact the availability of blood to the hospitals and trauma centers.”
Bloodworks also reported patients needed 500 more units of blood than what was collected in mid-June, and nearly half of that deficit was type-O blood.