You never know when you or someone know may need it, and right now the national supply of blood is running low.
Across Canada, approximately 10,000 donations are needed by the end of the week and Canadian Blood Services is hoping to restock their supply.
"There is a daily need when you consider surgeries, cancer treatments, and in the winter with vehicle accidents," states Mike Fisher, Saskatchewan Territory Manager with Canadian Blood Services. "The need never stops, so it's very important that we have the inventory to stock the hospital so they can help the patients."
In Saskatchewan, the urgent need is less dire as approximately 400 donations are needed by the end of the week. When you donate blood, the sample is collected and put into the national inventory.
Though donors cannot pick and choose where their donation goes, it's important to note that any donation could potentially save a life of another person in Canada.
"It all counts. So if people are in need in Ontario and we have a surplus...then we can help them out and vice-versa," adds Fisher. "It's really just important that everyone in Canada is taken care of."
Estevan hosts a blood donor clinic every three months, with the next clinic approaching quickly on March 13th at the Estevan Leisure Centre.
However, pre-registration for the upcoming clinic shows that spots are almost full a week before the date.
"We want to thank the people of Estevan and area for continuing to support us, it's always been a very good collector," expressed Fisher. "There may be a few openings on the day however, so people can stop by and try their luck."
The next blood donor clinic in Estevan will be on June 19th, and people can already sign up for that clinic if they like. There is a wait period between donations for both men (56 days) and women (84 days), but people are encouraged to donate at another clinic in Saskatchewan if they are unable to get into the March 13th clinic in Estevan.