The Yakima Farmer's Market has some great booths with wonderful things to purchase.  This weekend I bought some delicious beef and a super refreshing sorbet-like dessert made from Wapato area-grown berry concentrate, So good!

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But there was another booth that wasn't looking to sell me anything -- other than the idea that I should give them blood!.

The urgent need for blood donors continues and the volunteers at the Red Cross Booth had my wife sign us both up for an appointment.


In a bit of irony, the Red Cross has teamed up with the folks behind Shark Week to promote their need for blood!  (C'mon, shark attacks are a blood bath - so that pairing seems a little weird, but it's actually a thing,)

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We’ve teamed up with Discovery to celebrate the best week of the year: #SharkWeek!  In honor of this, we’ve got a new reason for you to sign up to give blood. Come to give blood in July to automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive Shark Week merchandise package for outdoor adventure, including a Nine Foot Standup Paddleboard, Beach Cruiser Bicycle, Smokeless Portable Fire Pit, One-Seater Kayak and a $500 gift card to put toward accessories.

Sound pretty cool but might I suggest skipping last month's movie release SHARK BAIT or next month's movie release of  THE REEF: STALKED until after you made your appointment and given your blood!

Courtesy of Associated Press/Fox News
Courtesy of Associated Press/Fox News

I've seen the trailers and a lot of people involuntarily  "give" a lot of blood in those two flicks!

The Red Cross also says that as a special thank you, donors, who give blood between June 30 and July 10, will get an exclusive Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag--while supplies last.

Opportunities to give blood:

West Valley Fire Department                                                                                            10000 Zier Rd., Yakima, WA                                                                                      Monday, July 11, 2022                                                                                                12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Harman Center                                                                                                                  101 North 65th Avenue, Yakima, WA
Friday, July 1, 2022
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Yakima Red Cross                                                                                                        302 S 2nd Street, Yakima, WA
Various days and times available.

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