If there was a major accident anywhere, it could completely wipe out the current blood supply, estimated at 24 hours.  It could be your family member, friend, or neighbor, who might not survive without this vital need of a transfusion.

COVID 19 has dramatically impacted the blood donor capability.  While historically, you could simply show up and offer your blood donation, with current restrictions, an appointment is necessary.  This allows for social distancing and all safety protocols.  To help visit or call 800-398-7888. This site will also provide donor locations and pop-up sites.

While the Seattle area receives more attention, we need to get the word out here in the North Sound area.  We need blood in Snohomish, Skagit, and Island Counties desperately as well.

So, what if I cannot make an appointment for two weeks, how does this help the critical 24-hour need?  It will help keep this supply at 24 hours, two weeks from now.

You had COVID 19 and are here to talk about it.  Yes, you can give your blood and it is in demand.  Research is showing that your blood contains life saving antibodies for someone with COVID 19.

Some people have Trypanophobia.  It is an extreme fear of injections or hypodermic needles. More common in youngsters who get their first vaccinations, some adults still harbor this fear.  Would you not inoculate your child for Measles, Mumps, Diphtheria, and Tetanus? Giving blood is not painful.  It is easier than your flu shot.  You will never know it is happening.  And…at the end you will get a cookie, juice, or pop – or all the above.

Please, if you can, save a life, and ask everyone you know to do the same.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.