News Shortage of blood donors SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Thursday, Apr. 23rd, 2015 Canadian Blood Services has had a bunch of cancellations, and may not collect anywhere near their target. They had spots set aside for today’s blood drive for two bus loads, and now all of those spots are empty. They are asking everyone to please come out and donate this afternoon. Who does donating blood help? A patient needing heart surgery could need up to five blood donors, while a car crash victim could need up to 50 to stay alive. Leukaemia patients require up to eight donors a week. The drive is running Thursday, from 2 PM until 2:30 PM, and then again from 4 PM until 6:30 PM.