Media Release -Nov 21, 2011
WINCHESTER – As retailers scramble this holiday season to re-stock their shelves with holiday gifts, Canadian Blood Services is asking eligible Canadians to take one hour of their busy schedule to ensure our shelves are replenished with the gifts that will make a difference to hospital patients this season.
Between November 21 and January 2, Canadian Blood Services is asking Canadians to give the “perfect gift” this holiday season – give blood. Over 101,000 life-saving “gifts” are needed this holiday season for hospital patients from coast to coast. In Eastern Ontario, 8,856 gifts are needed to help local hospital patients.
The average Canadian will send out 50 holiday cards this season to friends and family. If that many people gave blood, one car accident victim could be saved.
Many treatments and procedures require blood products from several donors. That’s why, Canadian Blood Services is rallying communities across the country this holiday season to come together – Rally Together to Save Lives – as a way to show that collectively, blood donations can make a positive impact on someone’s life.
There are plenty of opportunities to donate blood this holiday season. Making a blood donation before or after the holidays helps ensure an adequate supply for those in need.
Please bring a friend or family member and donate either just before or after the holiday season. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283) or visit us online at www.blood.ca to book an appointment and give the perfect gift this holiday season. To help meet the continuing need for blood, donors who have an appointment in the coming weeks are urged to honour it.
There is an upcoming blood donor clinic in Winchester at the Winchester Public School located at 547 Louise Street South. The clinic will be held on November 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.