Blood donor clinic coming
Canadian Blood Services will be holding a summer blood donor clinic at Fort Frances High School on Aug. 13-14, with the public able to make an appointment now to help out.
The overall goal is for CBS to get 380 blood donors over the course of the two-day clinic, which will run from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on the Monday and then noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on the Tuesday.
Make an appointment to donate blood by booking online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
This will be the only blood donor clinic here this year. CBS decided this because the blood they collect in Fort Frances is most needed in the summer when many business, school, and university clinics in other areas are not as available.
Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. And in most cases, blood from more than just one donor, CBS community co-ordinator Harvey Heather noted in an e-mail to the Times.
The summer clinic is part of a campaign called “Rally Together to Save Lives,” which is meant to show that, collectively, blood donations will make a positive impact on someone’s life, Heather added.
The need for blood is significant as it takes many donors to help save a life. For example, a car accident victim requires blood and blood products from up to 50 donors.
Leukemia patients may need up to eight blood donors weekly for their treatment.
Making a blood donation this summer helps ensure an adequate supply for hospital patients in need, said Heather.
Donors also are urged to consider bringing a friend or family member to come donate with them.