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Organ Donor Registry and Blood Drive to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region

January 12, 2011

Anyone, even a member of your own family, could need blood. In fact, every two seconds someone in America needs blood. That’s why your blood donation through the American Red Cross is so important – especially during the winter months.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., community members can donate blood, learn more about organ donation, and sign up for the donor registry at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blood and Organ Donor Registry Drive, held at the Portland Donor Center.


  • Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.
  • American Red Cross - 3131 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland, OR 97227 

To schedule a potentially lifesaving donation appointment at this special event, schedule your appointment online or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blood and Organ Donor Registry Drive is co-hosted by the American Red Cross and Donate Life Northwest. Representatives from Donate Life Northwest will be available to talk about organ donation and the donor registry.


All participants at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blood and Organ Donor Registry Drive will receive a free Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative lapel pin (while supplies last). For those who cannot attend, there are three ways to sign up for the organ donor registry: with a “D” on your Oregon driver’s license/permit/ID; online at; and on a paper form obtained by calling Donate Life Northwest at 1-800-452-1369.


To give blood in Oregon, you must be at least 16 years of age (with a signed parental consent form), meet height and weight requirements, feel well and be in good health. If you have given blood before, you must wait 56 days from your last donation.