A donation clinic will be open in Peachland for Canada Day. (Canadian Blood Services photo)

A donation clinic will be open in Peachland for Canada Day. (Canadian Blood Services photo)

Peachland, Kelowna Canada Day blood drive a go

Canadian Blood Services said the need for blood donations continues to be great

Canadian Blood Services is calling on Peachland and West Kelowna residents to come out and donate blood on Canada Day.

Among virtual festivities and mini pop-up concerts in neighbourhoods, Peachland is celebrating Canada Day with a blood drive event at the community centre.

Territory manager for the Interior Gayle Voyer said the clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

“We still do have appointments available. We’re asking during COVID-19 that every donor has ann appointment,” she said.

“If they can book online at our website or at 1-888-2-DONATE or using the Give Blood app, it’ll just let us know to expect them.”

Voyer said there will be safety protocols in place, including a wellness and temperature check upon entry, masks and hand sanitizer stations.

“After that, it’s a regular donation experience. The difference is we’re spread out a lot more and we have a less donors coming in at one time so we can exercise social distancing while people are in the donation centre,” Voyer said.

“It’s the same, but different in the sense that our set up looks the same but we’re spread out a lot more and staff and donors all have to wear masks.”

She is encouraging those who are able to donate to come out to the clinic and give some blood.

“If you haven’t donated before, now’s a good time to consider donating. If you’re a season donor and you’re eligible, it’s nice that it’s right in your neighbourhood,” she said.

“I think it’s very fitting on Canada Day to help out a fellow Canadian by coming out and donating.”

Voyer said they hope to have another donation clinic in Peachland in August.

A Canada Day blood drive will also be happening in Kelowna.

For more information on Canadian Blood Services’ COVID-19 safety protocols, eligibility, as well as to book an appointment, visit their website.

READ: Kelowna residents asked to donate blood in honour of Canada Day

READ: Peachland to celebrate Canada Day with virtual races, pop-up mini concerts

Twila Amato
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