Bad weather in recent weeks makes your donation to Canadian Blood Services Friday in Parry Sound that much more important.

Elaine St. Pierre, CBS Territory Manager for Barrie, Muskoka, Simcoe, Dufferin & Grey says the need for blood is constant and the agency has seen some of their blood drives collect under target in the last couple of weeks due to winter storms and hazardous driving conditions.

“Many people think that when they miss their appointment to donate, someone will be there to take their place, and that is not often the case, so if it’s safe to do so, we encourage everyone to keep their appointment”.

At the time of this writing, Friday’s clinic is booked at just 42% and has openings for close to 100 more donors.

To donate, you must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health and feeling well on the day of your donation.

To check if you are eligible, St. Pierre suggests taking the Eligibility Quiz on the Canadian Blood Services website where you can then book your own appointment.

St Pierre says the blood you donate will be used within days to help someone.

She also asks blood donors to consider bringing a friend to encourage new donors to join #CanadasLifeline.

“More regular donors are needed to maintain a strong national inventory of blood and blood products to meet patient’s needs”.

You can catch Canadian Blood Services on Twitter and on Instagram.

The Parry Sound Community Donation Event takes place on Friday, February 15th  at St. Peter’s Church-Knights of Columbus Hall at 52 Church Street between 2:00 and 7:00 pm.

Canadian Blood Services recommends you book your appointment ahead online.

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