In this month’s time of remembrance, we reflect back on all of the vastly important people who served our country and fought for us many years ago.
While we remember, it’s also important to think on how we ourselves can serve our community, and make our world a better place for generations to come.
One of those ways we can give back to our community is already in us to give; in fact, it’s in every single person in the world.
The need for blood and plasma remain constant, and Canadian Blood Services can help you get your donated blood to those who need it most.
Donated blood is delivered to over 700 hospitals across Canada, and around 17,000 units of blood are needed each week.
In Victoria alone, new and returning donors are needed to fill over 600 appointments this November to help meet the needs of patients in our very own community – and across Canada.
If you have O-negative type blood, you’re especially needed.
This blood type can be transfused to any patient, and in times of emergency or for newborn patients, O-negative blood, the universal blood type, makes a lifesaving difference.
Canadian Blood Services often experiences a decline in donations over long weekends and holidays, which poses a threat to ensuring patients in Canada receive the lifesaving blood.
This is exactly why everyone who is able is encouraged to donate.
Can you donate?
You can check your eligibility to donate easily, and book now online.
If you’re in general good health, you will most likely be eligible!
We’re all in this together
All blood types are needed, and if you are able, you’re encouraged to donate.
Ask a family member, friend or colleague in your ‘social bubble’ to book an appointment and donate with you. Appointments are required to ensure physical distancing.
Is it safe?
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.