Annual Blood Drive next Tuesday
TheVolunteer Firefighters of Stanstead will be hosting their annual blood drive next Tuesday, June 26th from 1:30 to 7:30 pm, in their usual location in the Sunnyside gymnasium. This year’s goal is a lofty one: 100 donors!
It is critical to maintain a sufficient stock of blood, especially when you consider that an individual’s chance of receiving at least one transfusion during his or her lifetime is more than 50%. Every year some 80,000 people in the province receive blood products to treat a variety of conditions. If you are in good health, are 18 years or older and meet HemaQuebec’s eligibility criteria, you can give blood as frequently as every 56 days or up to six times a year.
Some interesting facts: Four lives can either be saved or improved with only one blood donation; every year, only 3% of eligible Quebecers give blood; every 80 seconds somebody needs a blood transfusion; every day Hema-Quebec must collect 1000 blood donations to meet the demand of hospitals.
If you would like to find out if you can donate blood or have related questions, you may call 1 800 847-2525.