Blood donor clinics had good run in Stayner

 In Letters, Opinion

Editor:
On behalf of Canadian Blood Services, I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on our blood donation events in Stayner and surrounding communities.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been suspending whole blood collections at select mobile and fixed donor sites to address the immediate needs for blood and platelet collections.
We are shifting capacities in a manner that optimizes our collection network. Some venues are better able than others to accommodate physical distancing requirements and many fixed donor centres, like the one in Barrie will see expanded hours for donors.
Changes to where we hold donation events are allowing us to host larger events in fewer locations and make the best possible use of public funds. After careful review and consideration, we have made the difficult decision to suspend donation events in Stayner.
Donation opportunities will continue to be offered at fixed and mobile donor centres in neighbouring communities, including Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and Barrie.
We are deeply grateful to donors in Stayner for their commitment over the years and encourage them to continue contributing to Canada’s Lifeline. We have been blessed with the support of both municipal and private facilities who have hosted our events over the years. Most recently, Clearview Community Church has welcomed us with open arms when renovations at the Community Centre caused us to relocate. We wouldn’t have a clinic without a venue, so our thanks go out to them! We also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge our dedicated volunteer team led by Janneke Leimgardt, a champion of our organization for some 40 years, along with her husband Manfred. Neighbouring businesses in Stayner have also been great supporters of our clinics over the years – we all remember that delicious raisin bread from Foodland, and who can forget those beautiful carnations thanks to Petal Pushers?
Our goal is to ensure all donors continue to receive the best possible experience every time they donate. There are no changes to how hospitals and other centres will receive blood and blood products – including plasma and plasma protein and related products. Canadian patients will continue to receive the blood products they need, where and when they need them.
To book an appointment for any upcoming donation event, download the GiveBlood app available for iOS on the App Store or for Android on Google Play, call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit blood.ca.
Together, we are Canada’s Lifeline. Thank you for being the reason – the connection – that keeps Canada’s Lifeline going.
Elaine St. Pierre,
Territory Manager
Canadian Blood Services.
 

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