Blood donations encouraged

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Many people donate (or volunteer) their time to do things like speak at events, help organize fundraisers or flip pancakes at Stampede breakfasts. Many people also donate inkind materials or money to charitable initiatives throughout the year. But how many people donate their blood?

According to Canadian Blood Services, blood inventory is at a low, critical level. Susan Matsumoto, director of donor relations for the prairie region, said 50 per cent of Canadians are eligible to donate blood, but only one in four do.

We will admit, not all of us in the Airdrie City View newsroom have donated blood before, as some of us fear needles. But if you’re someone who doesn’t have an issue with needles, why not take some time out of your day to give blood and possibly save a life?

A number of locations in Airdrie are hosting Canadian Blood Services clinics throughout the summer, including the Town and Country Centre July 4 and Genesis Place Recreation Centre Aug. 5.

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