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Lack of Blood Clinics Hindering Fort McMurray From Donating

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
The lack of blood clinics is hindering Fort McMurray from donating.

Canadian Blood Services recently sent out an urgent request asking for 22,000 donors by August 26, however, many here couldn’t since the closest clinic is in Edmonton.

Councillor Phil Meagher tells Mix News he’s wanted to see a clinic, or at least a temporary station, come back to the community for many years.

“I like to give blood, it’s always nice to know that it’s going to help somebody, especially if it’s an emergency situation – if you can help somebody out, or help out in an emergency situation I think that’s important”

Meagher recently traveled down to Lethbridge to see his grandkids and took some time to donate blood.

He says it’s disappointing that’s one of the only ways people here can donate.

“Especially when Red Cross says they need blood but yet they don’t have it in a well-populated area like the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.”

In a past interview with Mix News, the Canadian Blood Services says the two main reasons they don’t have a clinic here is cost and distance to the nearest production site.

Meagher adds a temporary clinic that comes up periodically would also do wonders.

“If that’s the best we can do, then maybe have it on a rotating basis and timely, have it every couple of months or something that would be nice.”

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