This is usually the time year when a lot of us get the post holiday blahhhh’s. For others, like myself, blood has finally returned to my body after weeks of running on sugar from all those holiday chocolates, candy, and cookies. Donating blood is one way to feel good about oneself after the the Christmas holidays.
I recently caught up with Katherine Wasylynka, Territory Manager for Canadian Blood Services, to talk about what kind of blood is needed most at the moment.
“All types of blood are important but O-negative is usually one of the ones that is used the most because it is compatible with all blood types and currently we’re only sitting at about a three day supply,” stated Wasylynka who added they need to keep between a five and eight day supply.
“If you’re coming in to donate just make sure you’re well hydrated, you had a meal that day, and you can go online, it’s super easy, and check the ABC’s of eligibility,” elaborated Wasylynka.
To set up an appointment to donate blood, visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-donate. Wasylynka also says walk-ins are welcome at Canadian Blood Services at the corner of Broad Street and Broadway Avenue in Regina.