Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Calling All Canadians!

I just wanted to post and share this urgent message with my fellow Canadians from Canadian Blood Services. If you can help save a life by donating blood in the next couple of weeks, I urge you to pick up the phone and make an appointment at a clinic near you. It takes less than an hour to make a huge difference in someone's life and in case you didn't know, one donation can save THREE lives?!?

Here's what Canadian Blood Services has to say:

We have an urgent need for donations of blood — particularly from people who don't have scheduled appointments. At the time of this message, {Tuesday August 21, 2007} we only have about 2-3 days supply of some critical blood types — less than half the optimal level. As a result, we're having some trouble meeting regular hospital demand.

We've put an action plan in place to deal with this situation, but we need your help and we need it now!

If you have ever thought about donating blood, or if you are a donor who doesn't currently have an appointment, we need you more than ever. Please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) today and book an appointment — preferably at one of the 600 clinics we're running across Canada between now and Labour Day.

If you already have an appointment to give, thank you! Please help us out by honouring your appointment. (In the last 3 weeks, over 25,000 Canadians have either cancelled or missed their appointment.)

Another way you can help us is by sharing this important message about our urgent need with your family, friends and colleagues.

While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferable as they help us anticipate how many donors we'll have at our clinics so that we can plan accordingly to best respect your time. Please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) today!

Thank you for helping to save lives!

The Canadian Blood Services Team

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