Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jan 10, 2022
Our guest speaker for Friday, January 7th was Hannah McNutt, the Community Engagement Liaison with Bloodworks NW.  Hannah has worked for Bloodworks NW for the past 7 1/2 years with the first two years as a phlebotomist. She works closely with the Communities of Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Snohomish Counties. Hannah's role is to raise awareness around the need for blood donations. If she isn't at work, you can find her outside exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
In 1944, transfusions were difficult to come by because there was no centralized blood center in Washington. In 1946 doors opened to the Central Seattle location. The first building ever designed and dedicated for use as a blood bank. The goal is Saving lives through partnerships with our communities.

Hannah shared slides of children who have been saved by blood donations. It may not be you that needs blood, but it could be your neighbor. The process is simple. It takes about 45 minutes for the entire process. You can donate blood every 56 days. They need about 1,000 donors a day to keep a supply of blood and the last two weeks have been extremely critical because of the need for blood. Difficulty having trouble working with high schools. Hannah shared a King County Generational Trends. About 10% of their donors are regular givers. Partner with about 95 hospitals in their territory. 
Bloodworks NW has partnered with Rotary District 5050. 
     Call to Action
  • Step 1- donate blood at any Bloodworks NW site between now and January 31st.
  • Step 2: On the day of your donation, mention Rotary District 5050
  • Step 3: Sit back, relax, and take pride in saving a life.