• Bloodworks Northwest van damaged by vandals


    Plans for some blood donations may be halted after Bloodworks Northwest was hit by vandals.

    The Seattle-based blood bank had to sideline one of its crucial supply trucks Thursday morning after someone smashed out the driver's side window.

    Organizers say it's jeopardized several blood drives, including one in Monroe Thursday.

    “It's a bit of a perfect storm because we happen to be at emergency levels of platelets -- O negative and O positive blood types, so we're really desperate to get people to come in and replenish the blood supply this week,” said Larry Shaw of Bloodworks Northwest.

    Bloodworks says it needs about 800 donors a day to supply enough blood to dozens of hospitals in our region.

    The organization hopes to have the supply-truck up and running again by Wednesday.

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