Pen Hi students volunteered at the Tuesday, June 8, 2021 blood drive at the Penticton Seniors Drop In Centre. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Pen Hi students volunteered at the Tuesday, June 8, 2021 blood drive at the Penticton Seniors Drop In Centre. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Two upcoming blood donor clinics in Penticton

Need for blood, especially O-negative, grows after a long weekend

There are two upcoming blood donor clinics in Penticton as the need for blood rises when a long weekend comes around, said Canada Blood Services.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease across the country and hospitals resume procedures that were put on hold, eligible donors are encouraged to book and keep their appointments between now and July 4.

In Penticton, there are two upcoming donation events at the Penticton Seniors Drop in Centre, 2965 South Main St. They run July 3 from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and July 5 to 7 from 1 to 5:45 p.m.

The national blood inventory continues to meet patients’ needs but is declining because of increased demand and missed or unfilled blood donation appointments.

While all blood types help patients, there is a specific need for donors with O-negative blood type. Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency can all receive O-negative blood.

As Canadians look forward to gathering with family and friends and planning long-awaited opportunities to travel, countless patients will rely on blood products to survive.

In compliance with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s direction to enable physical distancing, at this time, we can only welcome people with appointments.

If you’re in general good health, please book and honour your appointment to help patients. Download the GiveBlood app and join Canada’s Lifeline. Please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book now at blood.ca.

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