Northwest Oregon Labor Council has long history of supporting patients in need

September 12, 2014

The Northwest Oregon Labor Council has been sponsoring blood drives with the American Red Cross for nearly 15 years.

Dating back to Sept. 3, 2001, the organization has hosted a blood drive every September (with the exception of 2013) at its office in Portland. Those 13 blood drives have collected a total of 779 pints of blood. Since up to three people can be helped by each blood donation, the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s blood drives may have had an impact on as many as 2,337 patients.

“It has been a pleasure to work alongside Northwest Oregon Labor Council; and we truly value and appreciate their commitment to our mission and their willingness to ensure that hospitals have the blood products they require for patients who need this precious resource,” said Angel Montes, donor recruitment manager with the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “We look forward to many more years of working together to save lives.”

Blood drive sponsors play a critical role in maintaining an adequate blood supply. Offering convenient blood drives at their place of business gives more people an opportunity to donate – especially in communities where the Red Cross does not have a blood donation center. With the help of local businesses, churches and civic groups, the Red Cross holds 15 to 20 blood drives every day in the Pacific Northwest Region.

The Red Cross is actively searching for new blood drive sponsors in Oregon and Washington. Interested groups should contact the Red Cross online or at (503) 528-5605.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.