CBS seeks donors to give the gift of life

June 13, 2017 by

imagesCanadian Blood Services says it has a “critical need” for donors to help bring its inventory up.

The agency is supposed to have enough units of blood to meet its needs for a period of five to eight days, but the CBS’ director of donor relations, Michael Betel, says current supplies are much lower; between two and three days of O negative, the universal donor blood type.

In a statement Betel said CBS recently called on Canadians to fill more than 150,000 donation appointments by Canada’s 150th birthday to ensure that there is enough blood to meet patient needs throughout the summer.

He says that they are not yet on track to hit that target.

He also urged Canadians to think of the everyday patients who require blood, such as leukemia patients.

The next blood donor clinic in our area is July 10th, at the Perth Civitan Hall. To make an appointment, call 1-triple 8-2-DONATE, or visit blood dot ca.