The Arlington Rotary is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Feb. 8 in Arlington.
The drive will be located at the Stillaguamish Conference Room at the Arlington Public Works Administration Building, which is near Haller Park at 154 W Cox Ave., Arlington.
Donors are still needed to give blood at the event.
For those who wish to donate blood, go to redcrossblood.org and enter your zip code in the ‘Find a Blood Drive’ search box.
The local Rotary Club has made an effort since the pandemic began to support blood collection.
“This is Arlington Rotary’s third blood drive that we’ve held since July 2020,” said Jim Kelly, a member of the club.
The organization has worked with the American Red Cross of Puget Sound to hold the events, and other Rotary clubs in the area have also held their own events during that time, as well.
Kelly said the local Rotary district was issued a challenge last year to support more efforts to collect blood because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the barriers it was putting up toward getting blood to hospitals.
“The Red Cross has expressed to us the need for more blood, especially during this time,” said Kelly. “The blood drives have slowed down with everyone being quarantined."
With the two drives held so far, the club has collected 80 units of blood, which is the equivalent of saving about 227 people, said Kelly.
“And that’s why we do this,” he said. “Rotary is a community-based organization and one commodity that every community needs is blood."
The club members have been a part of the organizing, as well as giving blood themselves.
“We first open the donation to area Rotarians and then we open it to the general public,” said Kelly. “Arlington Rotarians sponsor the event not only by donating blood but also by setting up the room, operating the welcome table and cleaning up the room when we are done."
Arlington Rotary’s first two blood drives filled up with participants and they have three more drives scheduled to be held during 2021.
“Go to redcross.org and just type in ‘Arlington’ where it says location and you will be directed to our blood drive,” said Kelly. “Blood drives are always important, even more so as we were going into the pandemic."