Seattle’s Museum of Flight to hold pop-up blood donation event

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By Becca Savransky, SeattlePI Published 8:56 am PDT, Tuesday, September 29, 2020 There are eight remaining dates for blood donations slated for the YMCA at Branch Crossing, located at 8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands. Donors can reserve spots online for Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. […]


The Museum of Flight in Seattle is hosting a pop-up blood donation event next month where people will be able to make appointments to donate blood and plasma.

The museum is partnering with Bloodworks Northwest for the event, which will take place on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. People who donate blood will receive a 50% discount on admission to the museum at a point in the future and a 10% discount on in-store purchases.

“Partnerships like the one we have with The Museum of Flight and its supporters are very important for us to fulfill our mission,” Curt Bailey, president and CEO for Bloodworks Northwest, said in a news release.

People who want to donate need to schedule appointments in advance.

Donors will also be tested for COVID-19 antibodies that could be used to “help patients in Western Washington and Oregon currently fighting coronavirus.” Bloodworks announced last month all donors would be tested for the antibodies through the end of October.

“Local hospitals are counting on all of us to ensure an ample blood supply this summer,” Bloodworks’ Executive Vice President of Blood Services Vicki Finson said in a news release last month.

“Providing COVID-19 antibody testing indicates for donors if they had previous exposure and infection whether they realized it or not and if they have the special ability to help build a supply of convalescent plasma to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Every eligible donor must come forward so we can treat as many patients as possible in our community.”

Earlier this year at the start of the pandemic, the region’s blood supply was close to emergency levels as coronavirus restrictions put into place meant blood drives and other events were canceled.

Bloodworks Northwest changed many of its protocols, including shifting from allowing walk-ins to using scheduled appointments only. The organization has also put into place a number of measures to make sure people stay safe while donating, including requiring masks and social distancing.


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