There are a vast wealth of reasons why it is a good idea to become a blood, plasma, platelet or other medical service donor for Canadian Blood Services! Your blood or plasma could very well save the life of someone in your city, country or community and provide a much needed lifeline to someone in need. The need for blood donations spikes at several times throughout the year – most notably at holiday times such as the Christmas and New Years season when people are usually otherwise preoccupied with their busy lives and holiday plans – but there is never a bad time to become a donor as the need for donations is constant year round.
Every sixty seconds in Canada somebody is in desperate need of donated blood. From newborn babies and their mothers experiencing complications during the birthing process and in need of a transfusion to victims of unexpected and terrible accidents. The list of people in need grows with every passing day and Canada relies entirely on generous citizens who donate their blood, plasma, organs and tissue to save lives and keep the lifeline alive.
Once blood has been donated it can only be preserved for no longer than 42 days before it spoils and must be discarded. This means of course that even if you have donated blood before, even recently, the need for more is ever present and always an urgent matter. In all of our lifetimes it is extremely likely that ourselves or someone that we are close to will end up in a situation where donated blood could save or prolong a life.
Donating blood also has positive health effects for the donor as well as the greater community as donating encourages the body’s creation of new blood cells and promotes general well being. This is in addition to the sense of satisfaction and the knowledge that you are doing your part to help make the world a better place, literally helping front line medical workers save and prolong lives which would otherwise remain in danger without your selfless and considerate action. And we have to of course mention that they still give you a snack afterwards, which every cannabis user is generally a fan of!