Canada Needs Blood–Find Out How to Donate

Canada Needs Blood–Find Out How to Donate

Feeling energized and helpful? Now’s a great time to donate your blood to someone who needs it, in Canada.

If you’ve ever thought of giving blood and you live in Canada, now is a good time to give it a try. Or, maybe you’ve donated in the past but it’s been a while.

Canadian Blood Services is holding National Blood Donor Week, on now through June 17 in 14 different communities across the country, and it’s a timely event.

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Reserves of donated blood are at a critical low right now in Canada, and organizers are hoping to gather 150,000 donations of blood by July 1, in order to boost dwindling supplies.

Blood reserves are at a criticall low in Canada.

To be in the safe zone, Canadian Blood Services aims to have enough units of blood to cover the average need for 5 to 8 days, but currently the agency only has units to cover between 2 to 3 days for some blood types.

If you’re a universal donor- you have O negative blood- this can be particularly useful as anyone can use it.

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All blood types are needed, though. It’s a fact that half of all Canadians will either need donated blood or know someone who needs it throughout their lifetime.

Even with this truth though, unfortunately only 4 per cent of people in the country do donate it.

Help raise that percentage-to find out where you can donate in your community, visit Canadian Blood Services online.

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