Blood donors needed

There is a need for more first-time and current blood donors to donate now.

The blood signal is on.

That means there is a need for more first-time and current blood donors to donate now. Over the next three weeks there are still 33,000 appointments available at blood donor clinics across the country where you can help save lives.

In addition to the ongoing need for blood, winter weather can present challenges for our national blood system.

Since late December, winter storms and poor weather conditions have forced the cancellation of a number of blood donor clinics across the country — making it even more important for Canadians to book and attend their blood donation appointments now and throughout the rest of the season.

“Canadian Blood Services provides a steady flow of blood products to hundreds of Canadian hospitals for patient care,” says Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations. “Just one person undergoing heart surgery may need up to five blood donors to help them through, while another patient fighting cancer could need as many as five donors a week during treatment.”

Answer the blood signal and help save the life of someone who needs you, by visiting www.blood.ca or calling 1-888-2 DONATE (1 888-236-6283) to book an appointment for a blood donor clinic. There is still a special need for more O and A negative donors.

Residents of northern Vancouver Island are asked to give blood by mid-February at mobile clinics running in their community and help fill more than 330 open appointments.

Clinics include:

The Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave. in Courtenay:

• Jan. 30, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. CBS operates 42 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually.

The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to CBS. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system.

For more information, see www.facebook.com/CanadianBloodServices.

— Canadian Blood Services, BC/Yukon

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