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About 22,000 Canadians need to donate blood before Labour Day

Photo Shutterstock Over 22,000 people across Canada need to donate blood by August 26, according to Canadian Blood Services.
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Over 22,000 people across Canada need to donate blood by August 26, according to Canadian Blood Services.

“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 VP of donor relations in a news release.

Donors will Type O blood are encouraged to get involved. Hospitals are always in need of O-negative blood because it is the only type that is compatible with all other blood types.

Patients receive O-negative blood in emergency situations when there is no time to check their blood type.

“Giving blood is a lifesaving habit that will make a real difference in a stranger’s life,” says Prinzen.

Book an appointment at blood.ca, download the GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE to find a nearby donation site. All donation sites take walk-in appointments.