MP O’Toole Presents Team Canada Signed Jersey to Blood Donor
January 9, 2014 – Clarington – Today, MP Erin O’Toole was pleased to present a 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships Team Canada Jersey signed by the team to Durham constituent, Judy Hood, who participated along with many other residents in the “Holiday Miracle” blood donor clinic hosted by Canadian Blood Services (CBS) at Trinity United Church on December 26, 2013. Everyone who attended the Boxing Day Clinic had their name entered in a draw for the collectible autographed jersey. Together, with CBS’s Community Development Coordinator, Crystal Powell, MP O’Toole made the presentation at his Bowmanville Constituency Office.
Hockey Canada was generous to donate the autographed jersey in support of the Clarington Boxing Day Blood Donor clinic, which coincided with the start of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. “I would like to thank Hockey Canada for donating this jersey and the dozens of Clarington residents who came out to give the gift of saving a life on Boxing Day. The World junior Hockey tournament is a Canadian staple each holiday season and I pledge to work with Canadian Blood Services to make this Holiday Miracle Drive a staple in our community each year,” said MP O’Toole.
As Canadians celebrated the Christmas season, many patients were fighting to celebrate life itself. Collecting blood during the holiday season is a challenge as many donors go away or are busy with family activities. Making a blood donation before or after the holidays helps ensure an adequate supply for hospitals to provide to their patients. Between December 2 and January 4, Canadian Blood Services had asked Canadians to give patients a “holiday miracle” in the form of blood donations. Over 75,000 blood donations were needed for hospital patients from coast to coast during the campaign. People can still call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit www.blood.ca to find out where they can book an appointment to be someone’s post-holiday miracle.
Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Collectively, blood donations can make a positive impact on someone’s life, as it takes many donors to help save a hospital patient. Some examples include:
- Up to 8 donors a week to help someone with leukemia
- Up to 5 donors to help someone undergoing cancer treatment
- Up to 50 donors to help someone in a car crash
- Up to 5 donors to save someone who needs heart surgery