One hour donating blood is time well-spent

Canadian Blood Services is encouraging Comox Valley area residents to make donating blood part of their plans.

While an hour of your time may not seem long, for patients waiting for blood, your one hour donating blood is time well-spent. However, with many donors away or busy over long weekends, the number of donations usually declines despite the demand for blood remaining constant.

Canadian Blood Services is encouraging Comox Valley area residents to make donating blood part of their plans now and help fill the potential long-weekend gap.

While there is a continuous need for all blood types, there is always a greater need for the “universal donor” — blood donors with O-negative blood. It is the only blood type that is compatible with all others.

“When someone’s life is on the line and seconds matter, there’s no time to check blood type, so hospital patients receive O-negative blood,” says Ed Yee, director of donor and clinic services for the B.C. and Yukon region of Canadian Blood Services.

“It is the blood type used in the most critical situations: for neonates, patients with compromised immune systems, and for trauma victims.”

Clinics in the Comox Valley to receive your much-needed donation include:

• May 28 and 29 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. and May 30 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the K’ómoks First Nation Band Hall at 3320 Comox Rd.

Bring a friend or family member to donate with you and remember to make another appointment to donate blood by booking online at or by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

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.

Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually.

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

For more information, go to

— Canadian Blood Services

Just Posted

Remains of two people found in Ucluelet

Officials have not said whether or not the remains belong to Ryan Daley or Dan Archbald

Merville water bottling proposal heading to public hearing

A contentious business proposal in Merville will be going to a public… Continue reading

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

Fish farm protest held in Comox

The rally took place on Comox Avenue, concluding at the entry to the BC Seafood Festival

Tales from MusicFest: Women of the Festival

Many sensational female acts at this year’s Vancouver island MusicFest

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

North Island College gets $328,000 for forestry education funding

Announcement in Campbell River part of $1 million around B.C.

Cheers erupt as Federal Court judge approves historic gay purge settlement

Gay military veterans said they were interrogated, harassed and spied on because of their sexuality

Helping B.C.’s helpers cope

The MRT has helped almost 7,000 first responders and street workers in 57 communities in B.C.

Border officials argue B.C. man’s Facebook posts threat to Canada’s security

A B.C. Supreme Court judge acquitted Othman Hamdan of terrorism charges last September

Reena Virk’s mother has died

Both of Virk’s parents became activists against bullying in wake of daughters’ death

Search for capsized fishers near Tofino enters fourth day

“There’s a lot of shock in the community in terms of how we could end up at this place.”

B.C. announces $75M to help friends, family care for seniors at home

Funding will go towards respite care and adult day programs

Timely tide attracts another pod of orcas to Victoria

The pod left the harbour about 30 minutes later

Most Read