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Blood clinic on target to meet its quota

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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 spring blood donor clinic at Fort Frances High School.

“We had a good day yesterday,” CBS spokesperson Harvey Heather said this morning, noting a total of 151 donors came to the clinic yesterday, giving 132 units of blood.

This was just four donors short of the goal of 155.

Heather said CBS wants to see at least 210 donors come in and give the “gift of life” today. This adds up to a two-day quota of 365 donors.

Since each unit can be used to assist as many as three people, meeting this quota will potentially help save or improve the lives of over 1,000 patients.

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.

“They can call in even a half-an-hour before they come in if that works for them,” he stressed.

“But certainly we do have room for some walk-ins. We like them to, if they can, book appointments first, but for those who can’t, we’d love to have you come in and we’ll look after you the best we can,” added Heather.

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, noted Heather.

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