The next Blood Clinic in Strathmore will be held September 3 at the Civic Center from 4 - 8 p.m. 

The agency announced that more than 22,000 donors are urgently needed across Canada.  Donations now will help ensure the national blood inventory can meet patient needs for the rest of summer.   

“While Canadians enjoy summer pastimes leading up to and during the last long weekend of the season, we’re urging them to add blood donation to their plans,” says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services’ chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations.

All donors are urged to get involved, particularly donors with Type O blood. O-negative blood is always in demand by hospitals because it is the only type compatible with all other blood types. In an emergency, when seconds count and there is no time to check blood type, patients receive O-negative blood. 

“Giving blood is a lifesaving habit that will make a real difference in a stranger’s life,” says Prinzen. “New donors are fundamental to meeting Canada’s blood needs over the longer term. If every donor brings a friend to donate, or encourages others to give life, they can have a tremendous impact on the supply system. We are urging people to donate by Aug. 26.”