Magog Blood Drive tomorrow- and the supply is low
The 14th annual Magog Blood Drive takes place tomorrow, December 13th, between 10:30 am and 8:00 pm, in the basement of St. Jean Bosco Church, and not a moment too soon. The Hema-Quebec blood supply is currently at a very low level because of the “exceptional measures” taken last week to quarantine certain blood products following a threat of possible contamination. There have been extra blood drives organized for the next three weeks by Hema-Quebec to get the supply back up to where it should be.
This year’s honorary co-presidents of the Magog Blood Drive are Jessica Perron, who at the young age of 22 will be giving blood for the fifth time, and 36 year-old Maxime Laplante who will be giving blood for the 25th time.
The objective, this year, is 300 donors. “Only 3% of the public who could give blood do. We also see that it is often the same people who come back each year. That’s why I’m inviting, in particular, young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to try out the experience of giving blood and to continue this wonderful habit in the years to come,” mentioned Magog mayor Vicki May Hamm.
Sixty percent of the population will need blood at least once during their lifetime. “With such a great need, the people of Magog, known for their generosity, must rise to the challenge by contributing to this vital community resource,” commented the co-presidents.
To give blood you must be 18 years or older and meet certain criteria. To find out if you qualify to give blood you can either call 1 800 847-2525 or visit the Hema-Quebec website.