Canadian Blood Services says it needs more than 22,000 donations of blood before the Labour Day weekend.


The urgency is in part because donation levels drop over Labour Day due to vacations and back-to-school preparations.

Type O-negative blood is especially in demand because it is compatible with all other blood types, meaning it is often used in hospitals for emergency transfusions.


“Giving blood is a lifesaving habit that will make a real difference in a stranger’s life,” Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ chief supply chain officer, said Monday in a statement. “If every donor brings a friend to donate, or encourages others to give life, they can have a tremendous impact on the supply system.”

How Can I Donate?

Blood donation appointments can be made via the Canadian Blood Services website, through the GiveBlood app or by calling 1-888-2-DONATE. All clinics also accept walk-in donations.

To find your nearest clinic visit the link HERE.

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