Letter: Coquitlam church stayed open to collect blood when few would

The Editor,

On behalf of all of us at Canadian Blood Services, I would like to thank All Saints Parish for keeping their facility doors open to us throughout the pandemic to host our mobile donation events. 

In earlier March, they opened their doors for us while remaining closed to all other activities. It was this support from the staff and parish at All Saints Parish that allowed us to continue to save lives of hospital patients in need. And, when other facilities had to close their doors, they hosted even more events than we had originally planned with them. 

Our generous blood donors in Coquitlam continue to make a vital difference in the lives of thousands of patients who needed blood products. 

On average, someone in Canada requires blood or blood products every 60 seconds. And while one in two Canadians is eligible to donate, only one in 60 does. 

This is what makes your commitment and generosity so appreciated. 

Our community volunteers in Coquitlam are also an important part of our clinic team. We appreciate and value their time and support in supporting our mobile donation events in your community. 

Canadian Blood Services operates regularly scheduled clinics in Coquitlam and we will be back again at All Saints Parish Hall on Oct. 26 and 29, Nov. 11 and 26, Dec. 24, Jan. 1, Feb. 18 and March 18. 

New donors are always welcome. Please check your eligibility and book an appointment prior to visiting our mobile donation events at blood.ca/BC or by calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283).

Razvan Sichitiu and Anika McDonald, Canadian Blood Services   

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