Ma­gog Blood Drive to­mor­row- and the sup­ply is low

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

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