Local firefighters to host blood drive in Sherbrooke

By Jordan Dionne, Special to The Record

For three decades now Sherbrooke’s fire department has been organizing a blood drive that has attracted hundreds of donors each year.
Michael Bouchard, a spokesperson for the blood drive and local firefighter, said the annual event is an important tradition for the local firefighter community.
This year, while employing Hema Québec’s precautionary COVID-19 measures, volunteers will largely consist of firefighters who will have their temperatures taken and be required to fill out a health questionnaire. They will be there to assist with the operations of the blood drive, and many will also donate. While numbers in previous years reached as high as 300 donors per day, this year the target number will be around 140 donors each day due to capacity restrictions brought on by the pandemic.
The blood drive will take place this Thursday and Friday (Sept.17-18) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Carrefour de l’Estrie.
For the first time in the blood drive’s history, potential donors are asked to reserve their spot to donate. They can either email jedonne@hema-quebec.qc.ca or call 1 800 343-7264 to reserve a spot for this week’s event.

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