Blood donors needed to give gift of life

Canadian Blood Services will hold blood donor clinics at Vernon’s Trinity United Church on Aug. 24 and 25.

The national blood inventory has steadily declined this summer and needs a boost from North Okanagan residents.

Canadian Blood Services will hold blood donor clinics at Vernon’s Trinity United Church on Aug. 24 and 25.

“Summer is a challenging time for blood collection, when many regular donors are on vacation. This is a great time for new donors to join us and help prevent a further decline in the national inventory,” said Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations.

“Platelets derived from blood are critical to help stop bleeding and unfortunately expire just five days after a blood donation.”

The Canada Safety Council reports that “more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during summer months than any other time of year.” It can take up to 50 donors to help save someone who has been in a motor vehicle accident.

To book an appointment to give blood, use the Give Blood App or visit blood.ca.

Those with appointments are encouraged to keep their appointment and, if possible, bring a friend or family member to donate with them. Walk-ins are also welcome, according to Canadian Blood Services.