Urgent need for blood

Canadian Blood Services is bringing pop-up donor clinics to the public this week to get the word out about giving.

To mark the start of the holiday campaign, the agency visited Okanagan College on Monday, handing out information and booking appointments.

“There is a great need for blood right now,” said Gayle Voyer, territory manager with CBS.

The group is trying to sign up 2,200 new donors in B.C. and Yukon this year. That number is significantly higher than normal due to changes to health guidelines that will lengthen the minimum time between donations for women.

The Kelowna clinic is open Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and every second Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be booked online, via phone or through an app.

Okanagan College chief engineer Andrew Kiesewetter has donated more than 160 times. He started years ago in college, got in the routine, and never stopped.

“It’s too bad that more people don’t do it. If you are healthy, there is no reason why not.”

A downtown blood donor clinic will be held at the Laurel Packinghouse on Wednesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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