People have been doing whatever they can to help following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, and blood donation numbers show it.
Canadian Blood Services said it’s seen an uptick in the number of people donating blood — an increase of about 30 per cent.
Saskatchewan territory manager Mike Fisher said their goal for April is usually 3,100 units of blood.
This year they received 3,900 units.
“We are still pretty full most days in both Saskatoon and Regina and in our mobile clinics across the province,” Fisher told the 980 CJME Morning Show.
He said Canadian Blood Services is always looking for O-Negative type blood because it is the universal donor.
“In any emergency situation where there’s no time to find out what the blood type is, O-Negative has to be used,” he said.
Despite there being an increase, the need for blood remains constant in the province.
Blood platelets only last for about seven days and other blood donations have a shelf-life of 42 days.
“Things like surgeries and cancer treatments require blood every day,” Fisher said.
However, if you’ve donated blood recently you may have to take a break.
Women need to wait 84 days between donating blood, while men have to wait 56 days.