What if we told you you could get a cookie AND save a life today?
As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues, many in the community have stepped up to do their part in helping the world navigate such uncertain times.
Frontline workers – everyone from your local grocery store clerk to health care professionals – have showed that when needed, they are up to the task – and then some!
But what if you could do your part in helping the community when they need it most, too?
You can, and guess what? It costs nothing, and it’s already in you to give.
Canadian Blood Services is Canada’s lifeline, and with the current pandemic, their need for donations is rising – this is where you come in.
The non-profit charity, which is responsible for the national blood system outside of Quebec, has warned of a worrying rise in appointment cancellations as of late.
The organization has repeatedly stressed the continual need for blood, stem cells, plasma, and organ and tissue donors.
Is it still safe to donate blood during the pandemic?
Canadian Blood Services wants to reassure people that it is still completely safe to donate amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Not only are they pre-screening donors about their symptoms and travel history before they’re allowed to enter one of their donation centres, donors will also complete a temperature check.
All workers at the blood donor clinics practice physical distancing whenever possible, and they’re continuing to take infection control measures at all of their facilities.
To ensure everyone’s safety, face masks have become a mandatory requirement while within all donor centres as well.
How to donate
Thinking about becoming a first-time donor? Here are a few simple steps to you get started:
- Find out if you’re eligible. Take CBS’ quiz and learn more about the ABCs of eligibility.
- Find a donor centre near you.
- Book an appointment. Booking in advance helps our clinic run smoothly and also helps us ensure your first donation experience is a good one.
- Learn more about the process.
Other ways to help
Not eligible to donate blood, or just want to give a little extra?
You can donate your time as a volunteer with CBS, which is priceless!
On top of that, not only can you make financial donations to Canadian Blood Services, you can also launch online fundraisers, or even donate your car.
Check out how you can give even more.
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Did you know? Sudbury is home to Canada’s first of its kind plasma-only donor centre. Plasma helps treat patients undergoing extensive surgery, trauma, or those with bleeding disorders. Chief Pedersen (@chiefpaul_gsps), an avid blood donor, felt honoured to donate much needed plasma yesterday at the Sudbury plasma donor centre located at 944 Barrydowne Road for his new friend, Heydan. Heydan was diagnosed with a primary immunodeficiency called common variable immunodeficiency with hypogammaglobinemia. His body does not make the antibodies it needs to fight off infections. As a result, every three to four weeks, Heydan receives intravenous immunoglobulin – a medication made from donated plasma. The process for donating plasma is similar to donating blood. The main difference between a whole blood and plasma donation is the collection method—apheresis. Only the plasma portion of your blood is collected; the rest (red cells, white cells and platelets) is returned to you. Becoming a plasma donor can make a lifesaving difference to patients across Canada, who depend on treatments made from donated plasma. These medicines help treat a variety of rare, life-threatening, chronic and genetic conditions. To donate plasma, Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283), download the GiveBlood app or book online https://myaccount.blood.ca/en/donate @lifelinesudbury #PlasmaForLife #CanadasLifeline @chiefpaul_gsps 📸@sudburypolice