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Follow Me on TwitterColleen Rutledge provides regular contributions to OurHometown.ca from the Youth Perspective. Colleen is a journalism student at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario. If you have questions or wish to contact Colleen, you can email her at crutledge@ourhometown.ca
Half of all Canadians have needed blood - Give the gift of life
Colleen Rutledge
St. Lawrence College

Half of all Canadians have needed blood - Give the gift of life
According to Canadian Blood Services, 52 percent of Canadians say they or a family member have needed blood. Blood donations are always needed, as blood must be transfused within 42 days. On February 7th, the blood donor clinic will be back in town requesting donations in the Cornwall Civic Complex.

Cornwall - Jan. 5, 2012 - According to Canadian Blood Services, 52 percent of Canadians say they or a family member have needed blood. Blood donations are always needed, as blood must be transfused within 42 days. On February 7th, the blood donor clinic will be back in town requesting donations in the Cornwall Civic Complex.

The clinic returns to Cornwall on the first Tuesday of every month, and while appointments are preferred, walk-ins are also welcome. The clinic will be open from noon to 3:30 and from 5 to 7:30 and each donation only takes about an hour of your time. This is an easy way that you can save lives, so please book your appointment by calling 1-888-2donate (366283).

If you are unable to donate blood, you can also call volunteer services through the number above to find out how you can help out. If you have any questions, or simply want more information, visit blood.ca. To be eligible, you must be at least 17 years old and 110 lbs. You will need photo ID to be able to attend your appointment.

The process may be scary, but the clinic and the nurses do their best to make the experience comfortable. Remember to drink a lot of water before you go to your appointment to increase blood flow and make your veins easier to find. It will also help you feel okay after the donation. Eating a large meal will also help you to feel better after the transfusion. If you feel sick when you are finished donating, be sure to tell someone immediately.

While donating blood may be a difficult task for some, it is an opportunity to save lives. Please call today to make an appointment or volunteer at your local clinic. An hour of your day could save three people’s lives.


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