Blood Donors Needed as Contributions Drop in Summer

By Tyler Sutherland

Canadian Blood ServicesThe summer months have slowed the flow of blood donations to a trickle across the country, and Canadian Blood Services has put out the call for help.

The organization says it needs 17,000 Canadians to book donor appointments over the next two weeks — 1,100 are needed in Manitoba.

“With summer activities and vacations we find that our booked appointments drop and looking out two weeks there’s not enough relief in sight,” said Colleen Hrabi, community development coordinator. “The reality is that the need for blood does not take a summer vacation and we need more Canadians to book an appointment now.

In addition to the Winnipeg blood donor clinic at 777 William Avenue, three special Blood Signal clinics in Winnipeg have been added to provide more opportunities for donors to give before the August long weekend.

The clinics will run:

  • July 23 at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • July 26 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • August 1 at Seven Oaks Hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To book an appointment, visit Blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

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