Seattle Opera is partnering with Bloodworks Northwest to host a pop-up center for donating blood this month.

The blood drives will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18, Aug. 20, Aug. 25 and Aug. 27 at Tagney Jones Hall at the Opera Center, 363 Mercer St.

According to a press release, social distancing has put a strain on blood donation opportunities. To help accommodate the need for blood drives, Seattle Opera and other arts groups, such as Seattle Rep, are providing short-term donation centers for Bloodworks Northwest. The larger space provides more safety for donors and staff.

Donors at the Opera Center will receive tickets to a future event at either the Opera Center or McCaw Hall — or enjoy a free video stream through December of 2021. Donors will also receive a Dick’s Drive-In gift certificate.

Donors of all blood types are needed to support cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies or to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients, among others. 

First-time and repeat donors are urged to make their one-hour donation appointment today. Only scheduled appointments will be allowed. No walk-ins, guests or people under age 16 are permitted on site.

Donors are asked to bring a mask/face covering to their donation.

All blood types are urgently needed, but Type O is especially in demand.

For more information and to sign up, go to seattleopera.org/bloodworks.