Close to 100 Drumhellians and others in the area rolled up their sleeves earlier this week for the Canadian Blood Services clinic at the Badlands Community Facility. Unfortunately, that wasn't nearly the number who said they would donate blood.
"We had a target of 120 blood donations," reported Lisa Castro, Community Development Coordinator for Canadian Blood Services. "The clinic was fully booked in advance, but unfortunately only 102 of the 167 donors that we had booked actually came to donate. Out of the 102 we were only able to collect 93 units."
"We understand that life can be busy, but especially around the holiday weekends we really count on blood products coming in, and hospital patients rely on local donors to honour their appointments," Castro stated. "If they can't, we really ask that people cancel in davance so someone else can take that spot."
You can call the Canadian Blood Services donation line at 1-888-236-6283 (1-800-2-DONATE) or go online at www.blood.ca.
"We're back in Drumheller in January, January 2, so we know in advance that that's going to be a really tough day for us to collect," allowed Castro. "It's also the kickoff for 'Sirens for Life' so EMS, fire, police, RCMP, all of our first line emergency services personnel are invited to come out."