Canadian Blood Services is asking eligible Canadians to roll up their sleeves and donate blood for those in need.
“Right now, we very much need new and returning blood donors as we move into a very busy season,” said Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations.
According to a release sent today by the non-profit, maintaining inventory levels during the holiday season is particularly challenging due to an increase in statutory holidays and thus, less time for appointments.
Recent stormy weather has also added a major hurdle in accepting donations from BC residents.
“We are also susceptible to extreme weather events, like the recent flooding in British Columbia,” said Prinzen.
The Canadian Blood Services are seeking to fill 38,000 appointments across the country by Jan. 4th, and 5,000 in BC.
According to the release, donated blood lasts only 42 days but platelets which are commonly used to treat cancer patients have a shelf life of only seven days.
The entire donating process, according to the website, takes around one hour.
Appointments can be scheduled at blood.ca or by calling 1-888-236-6283.