Canadian Blood Services saw a total of 147 donors come out yesterday for the first day of its two-day fall blood donor clinic being held at Fort Frances High School.
This yielded 131 units of blood, CBS spokesperson Harvey Heather noted this morning.
Since each unit of blood can help up to three people, he said yesterday’s donations alone can help up to 393 people in need.
The clinic wraps up today from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m., with Heather saying he’s hoping to see at least 208 donors come through the doors to give “the gift of life.”
Last fall’s blood donor clinic here saw 412 donors over the two days, who donated 345 units—43 above the quota.
The spring blood clinic here back in April saw a total of 411 district residents donating 362 units of blood, which was well above the two-day goal of 380 donors (300 units of blood).
Those who want to give blood, but have yet to make an appointment, are encouraged to come by the high school during the times mentioned above as the clinic will accommodate walk-ins.
Those who have made appointments also are reminded to call 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283) and cancel if they can’t make it, or send someone else to give blood in their time slot.
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.
On average, about 1,200 units per week are needed to meet the demand for blood, with CBS trying to keep enough on hand to supply each of the hospitals for four days.
One unit (donation) of blood can benefit up to three patients.
Given 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.
CBS says more than 90,000 new donors will be needed this year to meet the rising demand for blood and blood products.