The national blood inventory has steadily declined this summer and needs a boost to continue to meet the needs of patients through the August long weekend and into the coming weeks.
Canadian Blood Services is asking people to give blood before and after the long weekend.
“Summer is a challenging time for blood collection, when many regular donors are on vacation. This is a great time for new donors to join us and help prevent a further decline in the national inventory,” said Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations.
“Platelets derived from blood are critical to help stop bleeding and unfortunately expire just five days after a blood donation.”
The Canada Safety Council reports that “more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during summer months than any other time of year.” It can take up to 50 donors to help save someone who has been in a motor vehicle accident.
Please consider helping us maintain our needed inventory by donating at either of the following clinics in the Kelowna area this long weekend:
• Kelowna Clinic, 103-1865 Dilworth Dr. (across from Sears), which is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3—61 open appointments
• West Kelowna clinic at Emmanual Church, 2600 Hebert Rd., which runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3—42 open appointments
To book an appointment to give blood, use the Give Blood App or visit blood.ca. Those with appointments are encouraged to keep their appointment and, if possible, bring a friend or family member to donate with them. Walk-ins are also welcome.