Many Canadian families touched by the need for blood
Give thanks for your health by saving up to three lives this month
Brampton - October is traditionally the month when Canadian families give thanks for our many blessings – and for most of us, one of our blessings is health. But health can change in an instant, and for over half of all Canadians, someone they know, or they themselves, will need blood during their lifetime.
This Thanksgiving month, ask yourself: "Have I given blood in the past year?" If you haven't, and you can, please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) to book an appointment today. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please ask for nursing when you call.
Basic Eligibility Requirements to Donate Blood*
Must have ID – blood donor card, or ID with photo and name or signature and name
First time donors must be age 17 to 61 on day of clinic
Must weigh at least 110 lbs
No body piercing or tattooing in the last six months
Must be feeling well day of clinic, no sore throats, cold or flu
56 days since last donation
*Complete eligibility assessment will be performed prior to donation at blood donor clinic.
"13400 units of blood are needed in central Ontario during October to supply blood for surgeries and illness treatment," says Lilet Raffinan, Community Development Coordinator, Canadian Blood Services."Every single blood donation has a direct impact on patients and families."
Visit http://www.blood.ca/ today to learn more about blood donor eligibility and to find a blood donor location near you.Visit http://www.thankyourdonor/ to read personal stories of blood recipients and their families.
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About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 40 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.blood.ca/