Despite all that has gone on in the tumultuous year that was 2021, there is still so much out there to be grateful for.

And in this season of thankfulness, it’s important not to forget about those less fortunate; such as hospital patients, people undergoing life-changing surgeries and even car crash victims.

Transfusions from blood donations can literally mean life or death for those people, some who may not survive without them.

The need for blood transfusions is actually a lot more common than you may think; in fact, more than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in North America alone.

Though this can seem daunting, there is a light at the end of the tunnel – and it could be you!

Through the power of blood donations, you have the ability to help – and it doesn’t cost a thing.

Not only just during the Thanksgiving season, but also next month and next year, the need for blood is constant, and this is where Canadian Blood Services comes in.

You have the power to save lives not just now, during the holiday season, but all year long; and it’s something we all have within us.

Every 60 seconds someone in Canada needs blood, and 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.

Now, there is still a demand for blood donations, and to keep the ball rolling, so to speak, CBS is still looking for donors throughout the busy holiday season.

If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community this holiday season, Canadian Blood Services urges you to come out and roll up your sleeves; there’s even a free cookie in it for you!

Donating blood during a pandemic; is it safe?

Short answer: Yes!

Canadian Blood Services wants to reassure people that it is still completely safe to donate amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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, surgical face masks provided by Canadian Blood Service must be worn within our donor centres.

How to donate

Ready to roll up your sleeves and become a donor? Here are a few simple steps to you get started:

  1. Find out if you’re eligible. Take CBS’ quiz and learn more about the ABCs of eligibility.
  2. Find a donor centre near you.
  3. Book an appointment.
  4. Learn more about the process.

Check out how easy it is to give blood here:

Other ways to help

Not eligible to donate blood, or just want to give a little extra? There are lots of ways to join Canada’s lifeline!

You can donate your time as a volunteer with CBS, which is priceless, and 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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