WINNIPEG – Canadian Blood Services say snowstorms, freezing rain and unexpected snowfall across the country have hampered efforts by many to give blood this winter.
The non-profit organization says about 26,000 more donors are needed across Canada before the end of the year.
Darrin Desmedt with Canadian Blood Services says it’s important to sustain a high level of blood and blood products.
“We want to make sure we can always get the products over to the patients. But also, blood is a perishable product. The goal is that the blood used today, we’d like to collect that amount of blood as well.”
Last week, Canadian Blood Services lost close to 2,000 donations in a few days alone because of poor weather and a holiday lull.
If you’re looking to donate, there’s a good chance that your blood will pass the test.
“All blood types are important, O-negative is our VIP donor because they are the universal blood donor, they can give to anyone. We’re putting the call out to all donors, all blood types. We’d be happy to have you come down.”
You can find a clinic or book an appointment on the Canadian Blood Services’ website.