The Canadian Blood Services is pleading to Canadians to step up and help reduce a nationwide blood shortage.

"There is a critical need for blood donors on an ongoing basis and the need for blood is constant every minute of every day," stated Lisa Castro, Territory Manager for Canadian Blood Services.

So, what makes the current situation so critical?

"We do have currently less than three days worth of inventory of O negative blood on hand and we do need to have between a five to eight day supply of blood products to meet anticipated hospital demands," Castro explained.

"We can't keep relying on those same donors to support our blood system and that's essentially what's happening. We need to bring in more new donors to help give back to our community on an ongoing basis and we are pleading with Canadians to make blood donations a priority."

For those who never donated blood, which are the people Canadian Blood Services is reaching out to, Castro outlines how you can get involved.

"You can go online at blood.ca, you can find the closest clinic location available to you on that website or you can donate the Give Blood app. This way you can have everything right at your fingertips."

Drumheller will be host to another blood clinic in July.

"We're scheduled to be there July 18 and we're going to be in the Badlands Community Facility. The clinic will be running from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., so we're hoping we can count on the residents of Drumheller to step up and give blood," concluded Castro.

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