Each year the Canadian Blood Services(CBS) struggles to keep their supply at a comfortable limit, as many residents take their holidays during the summer months.

Now, the CBS is putting out a call to all past and future donors, hoping they'll take the time to roll up a sleeve and potentially save a life at their next local clinic.Blood graph July 30thO-negative and A-negative blood types are the most needed be the Canadian Blood Services currently as their supply has become quite low. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Blood Services website)

"Summer's traditionally a difficult time for us to collect blood, people are away and busy with other activities, so there tend to be fewer donations in the summer," explaind Aaron Barlow, Territory Manager for the CBS. "Cancer patients, accident victims and people with blood disorders rely on blood donations every day."

Even though certain blood types have become quite depleted, they accepting all donors, especially those with a blood type that can be used on anyone. 

"We're always looking for people to come out to our blood clinics of course. We like to have three to five days on hand of blood. Currently, with certain types we have about two days, one of the types we always look for is the O-negative donor they are a universal blood type."

The criteria to be able to donate it constantly growing and adjusting, so Barlow suggests those wishing to come out to the clinic read over the CBS's ABCs of Eligibility first. 

"One of the recent changes was to women donating blood, the waiting period [before donating again] is about 84 days. New donors are critical to meeting our future blood needs, encourage your friends, your family or coworkers to come out and donate," said Barlow. "One in 2 Canadians will either need blood or know somebody who will need blood products at some point in their lives."

Moose Jaw's next clinic is Tuesday, July 31st at the Golden Nugget Centre in the Exhibition Grounds. Walk-ins will be accepted; however, they do ask that you make an appointment by calling 1-888-2-donate or by heading to their website.

 

More Local News

POLL: What should be done with the Natatorium?

With plans on replacing the Phyllis Dewar outdoor pool, the City of Moose Jaw will be decommissioning the Natatorium in the near future. The Depression Era building used to be the hub of the city as…

Meili stepping down as MLA

NDP Opposition leader Ryan Meili has announced Thursday that he will be stepping down as the MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin as of July 1. Meili, a native of Moose Jaw, was first elected to the Saskatoon…

[VIDEO] City holds Public Works open house

Residents got an up-close look at some of the heavy equipment the city uses during a Public Works open house on Wednesday at the City Complex. The open house is part of Public Works Week from May 15…

Fishing regulations, regions and reasons for 2022

A new fishing season has begun, and that means new regulations to help keep even the swiftest of currents protected from overfishing. As with every year, 2022 has some changes here and there…

Crescent Park playground temporarily closed

The Crescent Park Playground will be temporarily closed to allow contractors to replace the wood decking in the spray park and playground area. The project, which includes the installation of a…

DiscoverMooseJaw.com is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login