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Blood clinic on target to meet its goal

With a successful first day under its belt, Canadian Blood Services is aiming to meet its two-day donor quota today as it wraps up its fall blood donor clinic at Fort Frances High School.

“We had a total of 160 donors, 127 units, which is about 22 over what we expected,” CBS spokesperson Harvey Heather said this morning. “It was a great first day.

“Today we’re expecting close to 200 people. Hopefully, that will go well, as well,” he added.

CBS has set a goal of 340 donors, and at least 260 units of blood, for the two-day fall clinic here. Each one of those units could help up to three people so if the quota is met, potentially close to 800 people could be helped.

The donor clinic continues today from noon until 3 p.m. and again from 5-8:30 p.m. in the Fort High gym.

If you want to give blood but haven’t yet made an appointment, Heather noted it’s never too late. Just call 1-888-2DONATE.

You can call in even a half-an-hour beforehand if that works for you, he stressed.

CBS also will try to accommodate walk-ins.

CBS is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the blood supply in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec, as well as oversees the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

It looks after 91 hospitals in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

About 1,200 units per week are needed to meet the demand, with CBS trying to keep enough on hand to supply each of them for four days.

As people are living longer these days, more blood is needed for surgical and transplant procedures. The need for blood is rising an average of two percent each year.

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