Canadian Blood Services staff were recently at Real Canadian Superstore to sign up blood donors. (Photo from Twitter)

Red Deer blood donors needed during summer

Many ways to make appointment

Red Deerians are being reminded to give blood this summer.

The Canadian Blood Services’ Lisa Castro said about 500 appointments still need to be filled in July.

“We really encourage more people to become regular donors. Over the month of August in Red Deer, we’re in need of over 1,000 blood donors to support our donor clinic,” said Castro.

More than 100 appointments during the August long weekend were still open Friday.

“Right now, less than four per cent of eligible donors are sustaining the blood system for all Canadians.”

She said during summer holidays, regular donors may not be available. But it’s easy for new donors to book appointments, by downloading the Give Blood app, calling 1-888-2-donate, booking online at blood.ca, or visiting the clinic as a walk-in donor.

“To keep up with demand over the next year, Canada needs to bring in over 100,000 new blood donors,” she said.



News tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WATCH: Songwriters discuss what makes a great country tune, creative process

Alberta Country Music Awards Songwriters Showcase was held in Red Deer Saturday

RCMP investigating fatal fire in Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin RCMP and the Major Crimes unit are investigating after human remains… Continue reading

The Mustard Seed to launch new wellness centre in Red Deer

A new service is coming to Red Deer to help the city’s… Continue reading

Penhold firefighters handle ‘difficult’ blaze

Penhold firefighters battled a “difficult” blaze Friday afternoon. Fire crews were called… Continue reading

Clearwater County firefighter recruitment campaign deemed a success

A firefighter recruitment campaign is being considered a success by Clearwater County.… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: The basics you need for your body type

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 1 A Jump Rope Competition will be held at the Abbey… Continue reading

Weersink and Kings shutout top-ranked NAIT Ooks

Queens hockey also knock off Olds College Broncos

Calgary Hitmen roll over Rebels 5-2

Hitmen 5 Rebels 2 The Red Deer Rebels looked like a team… Continue reading

RDC Queens sweep weekend series with Lethbridge

The RDC Queens picked up a pair of crucial wins on the… Continue reading

Photos: Strong turnout for 38th annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel

The 38th annual Red Deer Oilmen’s Bonspiel is well underway at the… Continue reading

St. John’s, N.L., lifts state of emergency eight days after massive storm

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The City of St. John’s has lifted a… Continue reading

Former cabinet minister Peter MacKay announces Tory leadership bid

STELLARTON, N.S. — Former federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay says he will… Continue reading

Most Read