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Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month


During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross asks donors to help protect the blood supply by making and keeping blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead.

Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care this spring.


This campaign includes a local Blood Drive set for Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 1 – 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at 100 N Street SE in Auburn (map below).

The Red Cross depends on thousands of volunteer blood donors to collect about 12,000 blood donations every single day. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential in transfusion care. Blood drives and donation centers also depend on the generosity and valuable time of those who make it possible for the Red Cross to help people in need.

Spring into action – book a time to give lifesaving blood or platelets now by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Those who come to give April 8-28, 2024, will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, plus be automatically entered to win a $7,000 gift card. There will be two lucky winners. See for details.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities from April 8-28, 2024:


  • 4/17/2024: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 100 N Street SE


  • 4/12/2024: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Pulte Homes WA, 3535 Factoria Blvd SE, Suite 600
  • 4/23/2024: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., LDS Lake Hills Main Street, 14536 Main Street

Black Diamond:

  • 4/8/2024: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ten Trails, 32607 Willow Ave SE

Federal Way:

  • 4/11/2024: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of LDS Federal Way, 34815 Weyerhaeuser Way S


  • 4/12/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kirkland, 7720 126th Ave NE

Maple Valley:

  • 4/22/2024: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Maple Valley, 26800 236th Pl SE


  • 4/24/2024: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Anheuser-Busch, 3215 Lind Ave SW


  • 4/24/2024: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave SE


  • 4/9/2024: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bishop Blanchet High School, 8200 Wallingford Ave N
  • 4/16/2024: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Husky Union Bldg, 4001 Stevens Way NE
  • 4/17/2024: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Husky Union Bldg, 4001 Stevens Way NE
  • 4/18/2024: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Husky Union Bldg, 4001 Stevens Way NE


  • 4/19/2024: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Shoreline Elks Lodge, 14625 15th Ave NE

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

Amplify your impact − volunteer!

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply visit

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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