Ottawa – Canadian Blood Services is asking donors to keep their appointments to give blood during the holidays to help ensure blood and blood products are available for those in need.
On December 17, Canada’s lifeline called for more than 30,000 donors across Canada to book and keep their blood donation appointments by January 6.
While all blood types help patients, O-negative blood is in particular demand by hospitals because it is the only type compatible with all other blood types. When seconds count, someone’s life is on the line, and there’s no time to check blood type, hospital patients in an emergency can all receive O-negative blood.
Donor centres across the country are open through the holidays. New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins are accepted.
To book or change a blood donation appointment today, locate a donor centre, check your eligibility to donate blood and more, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App Store or for Android on Google Play or visit blood.ca.