FIRST TIME BLOOD DONORS: RALLY TOGETHER TO SAVE LIVES
1,000 new donors needed to give during the month of August in Southern Ontario alone
There are currently 425,000 active blood donors in Canada who are instrumental for meeting patient needs; however, because the demand for blood is growing, Canadian Blood Services estimates that by 2015, our national donor base will need to grow to 500,000 donors in order to continue to respond to hospital needs. With a patient somewhere in Canada needing blood every minute of every day, it is important that we maintain a constant supply of new blood donations.
The Canadian population is aging, and even some of our most loyal donors may become users of blood and blood products in the near future. To prepare for this, we must therefore recruit 100,000 new donors annually.
Most often, it takes more than one donor’s unit of blood to save a hospital patient’s life. For example, someone in a car accident requires blood and blood products from up to 50 donors. For this reason, groups and families in St. Thomas and surrounding area are encouraged to book an appointment to donate this summer.
Your next community blood donor clinic is at the Timken Community Centre, located at 2 Third Avenue, St. Thomas, Wednesday, August 15 from 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
We strongly encourage those who have booked appointments to honour them this summer. For those who have not yet booked, visit Canadian Blood Services online at www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283). Walk-ins welcome!
Marisa Gianna Gatfield