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Canadian Blood Services has put out an urgent call for blood donations.

Across Canada there is a need for 22,000 donors by Labour Day, and according to Steve Raizen, territory manager for Canadian Blood Services, there is a need for around 1140 donors by August 26th in Manitoba.

"Generally folks are off enjoying summer activities and away. So we are calling on donors to make a donation to ensure we have enough blood supply to meet hospital demand through the Labour Day long weekend," explained Raizen.

Type O blood is the most common blood type in Canada, so it is in very high demand. Type O negative is also in high demand as it is a universal donor.

"Every minute of every day someone in Canada needs blood, and often from more than one donor," said Raizen. "It could take up to 8 donors a week to help somebody with leukemia, up to 5 donors a week to help someone with cancer treatment, and if there was a car crash it may require up to 50 donors to help out."

Those interested in donating are encouraged to make an appointment. That can be done via the Canadian Blood Services website, app or via phone. Walks in are also accepted at their at their 777 William Avenue location.

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