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.
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.
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.
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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