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Tuesday June 10th, 2014

Posted at 11:00am

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This week is National Blood Donor Week, and Canadian Blood Services is sending a reminder to all Canadians that by donating blood today, you can help save the lives of countless family members—and your donation is needed now more than ever.

Canadian Blood Services says that they are experiencing a notable decrease in donations heading into the summer months. Although donations traditionally dip heading into June, the national inventory is the lowest it has been in more than five years at this time of year.

“There are 33,000 appointments that need to be filled before the end of June,” says Mark Donnison, Vice-President of Donor Relations. “Every donation counts.”

Canadian Blood Services invites Canadians from coast to coast to contribute to our family portrait by making blood donation a family tradition. Share family donor stories on social media using #families4blood, and rally loved ones to plan a family reunion at a blood donor clinic this summer.

They say that roughly half of all Canadians are eligible to donate blood, yet less than four per cent actually do, and that there are 33,000 appointments that need to be filled before the end of June. There is a need to book 244,000 appointments in the next two months to maintain supply, of which, there are currently 84,000 unfilled appointments.

To book a family or individual blood donor appointment, download the GiveBlood app, visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283) today.

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