While many Canadians are getting ready to enjoy the Easter long weekend, there are patients who need donors to give lifesaving blood and plasma. Canadian Blood Services is asking new and returning donors in Red Deer to show up to help others.

With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions across the country, many Canadians have returned to a new normal during holiday weekends. Travel and family activities make it difficult for people to find time to donate, but the demand for blood and blood products never stops. Patients are grateful for Canadians who take the time to donate.                                                                                      

In Red Deer, there are open appointments to fill at donation events that run:

  • Friday April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday April 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At this time, Canadian Blood Services can only welcome people with appointments. Same day appointments are commonly available.

In addition to blood, plasma and platelets, more potential stem cell donors are immediately needed to support patients requiring lifesaving treatment. We urge eligible individuals between the ages of 17 and 35 to join Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry online.  

Donation eligibility criteria is available on blood.ca where you can also sign up to make an appointment. As always you can make an appointment by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

This article was written with information from Canadian Blood Services.