Blood drive bus arrives weekly on the Palouse

PULLMAN, WA - Being surrounded with sharp needles and bags of blood on a Monday afternoon may sound like a tough way to start the week.

But the workers and volunteers of the Inland Northwest Blood Drive at Pullman Regional Hospital wouldn't have it any other way.

"We really want to be available to everyone," said Communications Officer Elizabeth Giles. "And so having a weekly drive at Pullman Regional Hospital makes it an easy way for our community to come in and save a life."

For over a year now, the blood drive bus has set up outside the hospital every Monday from one to five to take blood from brave donors. Then every Wednesday, they do the same thing in Moscow, outside of Gritman Medical Center.

Signing up to donate is simple. You can schedule an appointment online or on the phone, or you can simply drop in during one of the collection times.

The summer is one of the best times to give blood on the Palouse. Donations are low this time of year because most of the college students are out of town. You really have nothing to lose, except for a little blood.

"One donation is just one pint," said Giles. "From start to finish, so from coming in, doing your health history, and then ending in the cantine, you're looking at under an hour to help save a life."

And it's not as scary as you may think, even if it's your first time.

"It's not as bad as you would think, probably," said first time donor Jason Breithaupt. "The worst part was when they did the little finger stick to check for my iron levels."