The region's blood bank is calling on people to take just one hour between now and Jan. 5 to give blood, because the number of people donating blood usually drops by 30 percent or more during the holidays.
There's an added challenge this year, according to a news release from the Puget Sound Blood Center.
"Wednesday is our biggest collection day of the week, and this year both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on a Wednesday," David Leitch, director of donor and volunteer resources for PSBC, stated in the news release.
"Losing these high-volume collection days means a much greater risk of a shortage," he added.
There is a need for O-negative blood donors, - universal donors whose blood can be given to patients with any other blood type.
Go online to psbc.org to find locations and to make an appointment to give blood, including in Bellingham, or call 1-800-398-7888.
Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.