Toronto/Ottawa/Fraser Valley – With many blood donors away or busy with summer activities, Labour Day weekend will be a particularly challenging time for Canadian Blood Services to collect blood.
More than 22,000 donors are urgently needed across Canada by August 26. Donations now will help ensure the national blood inventory can meet patient needs for the rest of summer.
“While Canadians enjoy summer pastimes leading up to and during the last long weekend of the season, we’re urging them to add blood donation to their plans,” says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations.
All donors are urged to get involved, particularly donors with Type O blood. O-negative blood is always in demand by hospitals because it is the only type compatible with all other blood types. In an emergency, when seconds count and there is no time to check blood type, patients receive O-negative blood.
“Giving blood is a lifesaving habit that will make a real difference in a stranger’s life,” says Prinzen. “New donors are fundamental to meeting Canada’s blood needs over the longer term. If every donor brings a friend to donate, or encourages others to give life, they can have a tremendous impact on the supply system. We are urging people to donate by Aug. 26.”
As the summer winds down, and September approaches, Canadians are returning to regular routines. Many families will be getting ready for back-to-school time. While most kids prepare for class, some will be focused on overcoming an unexpected health condition.
People who cannot donate blood can encourage others in their networks to give on their behalf. Making an appointment to donate has never been easier.
Visit blood.ca, download the GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE to find a nearby donation site. Walk in appointments are also available at all locations.