Blood clinic below first-day quota

Organizers of the fall Canadian Blood Services blood donor clinic here are hoping more people come out to give the “gift of life” today after yesterday didn’t draw quite enough donors.
The quota yesterday was 160 units of blood, but only 151 were drawn.
Still, Marnee Miller, a long-time volunteer with the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary, said this morning she was glad for the poor weather as it drove potential donors indoors to the gym at Fort Frances High School.
The blood donor clinics are co-ordinated by the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary.
Today’s quota is 200, but if organizers are to meet the two-day goal of 360, they’ll need a total of 209 units.
The clinic will be open from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. at Fort High.
Miller said a two-day total of 340 donors gave at the first clinic held here in May—50 short of the quota.
Some things to remember if you decide to donate:
•please eat before donating;
•bring identification bearing your full name and signature or photo; and
•you must weigh 110 pounds, and be between 17 years of age and your 71st birthday (regular donor) or between 17 and your 61st birthday (first-time donor).
You must wait before donating if you have:
•been to a dentist (three days after visit);
•a cold, ’flu, or sore throat (full recovery); or
•ear, body piercing, or tattoo (12 months).
Only three percent of Canadians donate their blood and yet roughly eight percent of Canadians will require this blood over the next year.
The Winnipeg Blood Centre requires 1,000 units of blood each week to meet the needs of hospital patients in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.