Thursday, February 22, 2024

Here’s why donating blood should be one of your 2023 New Year’s resolutions

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For many, the start of a new year is a time to make positive changes in their life, and choosing to be selfless is one of those changes.

Giving blood is one of the most selfless acts you can commit, and in doing so, you could literally save a life.

Right now, Canadian Blood Services says there is an immediate need for blood; not just in Victoria, but all across the country.

Heavy snowfall, extreme cold, and icy conditions in many parts of Canada over the last few weeks have wiped out the opportunity to collect thousands of blood, plasma, and platelet donations, which makes now a more vital time than ever to donate.

This year, Canadian Blood Services is challenging people to give in three different ways; whether you’re donating time, a financial gift or a life-saving physical donation, these connections, big or small, make all the difference.

Cameron, blood donor recipient

At the age of three, Cameron was diagnosed with Leukemia, and numerous blood donations helped to keep him alive during treatment.

They also helped deliver a bright future that includes learning how to play golf, preparing to get a driver’s license, and exploring post-secondary institutions for his studies.

For people like Cameron, blood donations literally kept him going—but there is a constant demand for blood.

O-negative blood donors are especially needed because this blood type can be transfused to any patient. In times of emergency or for newborn patients, O-negative blood, the universal blood type, makes a lifesaving difference.

Everyone who is able is encouraged to participate—ask a family member, friend, or colleague to book an appointment to donate at the same time as you. Together, you can make donating blood and/or plasma a new meaningful tradition.

Thinking about donating?

More than half of Canadians will need blood at some point in their lifetime, and your gift will help Canadian Blood Services save a life and change so many more.

To become a blood donor, you must be at least 17 years old, in good health, and able to perform your normal day-to-day activities. If you fall between the 17 to 23 age group, make sure to check that you meet the Canadian Blood Services’ height and weight requirements.

If you’ve gotten a tattoo or piercing recently, you must wait three months to donate.

If you have any further questions about your eligibility to donate blood, call 1-888-2-DONATE for more information.

You can also visit Canadian Blood Services online to take a simple 2-minute eligibility quiz!

Click here to make an appointment and make a difference in someone’s life today.

You can also download the GiveBlood app for Apple and Android!

It can be used to find a donor centre, book a time and day, track your bleed time, levels after donating or even help you with reminders of when you are eligible again to donate.

(Canadian Blood Services)

Canadian Blood Services, Victoria Donor Centre

  • Where: 3449 Saanich Road
  • When:
    • Tuesday – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday – 11a.m.– 6p.m.
    • Thursday – 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Saturday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Sunday – Closed
    • Monday – Closed
  • Book an appointment: Head online to see if you’re eligible and book your spot today!
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