Blood donors needed

More than 1,700 bood donors are needed to meet the Thanksgiving Day long weekend demand.

Between now and Thanksgiving Day, Canadian Blood Services needs 14,000 more Canadians to book an appointment to donate blood.

The lead up to Thanksgiving long weekend is always a difficult time to collect blood, as people are away or are busy with family activities.

However, the need for blood is constant as hospitals continue to draw on the national blood supply. This is why there is a strong need for Canadians to book appointments now.

With a patient somewhere in Canada needing blood every minute of every day, it is important that CBS maintains a continuous supply of new blood donations. Most often, it takes more than one blood donor to save a patient’s life.

“We need 1,700 appointments in B.C. booked between September 29 and October 8 to keep up with hospital demand, and patients are counting on more people to become blood donors,” said Ed Yee regional director of donor and clinic services.

Donors on Vancouver Island can book appointments to help meet patient needs by calling 1-888-236-6283.

Equally important is the need for donors who have already booked appointments this fall to honour their commitment to donate blood.