Canadian Blood Services is calling upon all eligible donors to help fill the more than 200 open appointments in Chilliwack from now until Labour Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

Chilliwack blood donors needed to fill 200 appointments before Labour Day

Two upcoming clinics in Chilliwack will help fill the 25,000 appointments available nation-wide

It’s your chance to step up and help save a life, Chilliwack.

Blood donations often decrease during the summer months, something that Canadian Blood Services plans for. As a result, a total of 25,000 appointments nation-wide currently need to be filled before Labour Day, and of those appointments, more than 200 of them are in Chilliwack.

“We anticipated a drop in blood donations during the summer months as a result of holidays, changes in routines, travel and family activities. The Labour Day long weekend is particularly challenging as families spend time wrapping up the summer before transitioning into the back to school period,” says Mark Donnison, vice president, donor relations.

“Earlier this summer, we asked Canadians to take some precious time out of their summers for patients in need of blood. And they responded. To continue to meet patients’ needs, we urge new and returning donors to book an appointment starting now and through Labour Day.”

Upcoming clinics in Chilliwack at Tzeachten First Nation, 45855 Promontory Road, include:

· Monday, Aug. 28 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. (63 open appointments to fill)

· Friday, Sept. 1 from 12 to 6 p.m. (148 open appointments to fill)

Those with appointments are encouraged to keep their appointment and, if possible, bring a friend or family member to donate with them.

To book an appointment today, locate a clinic, check your eligibility and more, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App Store or for Android on Google Play. You can also visit blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE for more info.

 

(Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)

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