Arlington local Katie Phillips is organizing a blood drive on Dec. 15 which is meant to help Bloodworks Northwest as local blood banks are running low during the holiday season.
Because of a high number of local surgeries recently, and a decrease of donations likely related to the holidays, area blood banks are in high need of donations.
All blood types are needed, but O+, O-, A-, B- and AB- are the most in demand.
Phillips is hosting a blood drive with Bloodworks Northwest on Dec. 15 at the Arlington City Hall parking lot next to Legion Park at 114 N Olympic Ave., Arlington.
The event is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for an hour which they are closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Bloodworks Northwest mobile bus will be on hand at the event for those donating.
Phillips’ family holds a blood drive every year in honor of her uncle, Elliot Carbajal, but now Phillips holds her own as well.
“A few years ago I did a blood drive as a school project,” and has kept up with various drives since then, she said.
This blood drive is meant to honor her grandpa as well.
“It will be in honor of my grandpa Joe and my uncle Elliot,” she said.
Elliot grew up in Arlington and was involved in an accident just after high school, at which point he needed many units of blood to save his life.
Because of that he became a frequent blood donor before he died in 2009.
Phillips and her family continue that tradition each year and now Phillips runs her own blood drives as well.
“I think blood drives are really important,” she said. “A lab can’t make blood, so the only way they can get it is by people coming down to give."
“And the blood center does run low every so often. It’s my goal for the blood centers around here to never be low,” she said.
Donating blood is a simple way to help out those around you, she said.
“It’s just a nice way to volunteer and give back to the community as well,” said Phillips.
Phillips said she has enjoyed organizing blood drives.
“I get to meet people and help patients here as well,” she said.
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