Blood: it’s in us to give
Since 1958, the Blood Donor Committee of the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario has worked hard to ensure that all Masons know about the work of Canadian Blood Services and are encouraged to give blood.
“The good news is that one blood donation—in just one hour—can save up to three lives.” – Canadian Blood Services
Our commitment to blood donation goes back even further, to 1941, a time when blood couldn’t be stored but had to be donated directly to a recipient during a time of need. In the early ‘40s, most of the donors on a list maintained in Hamilton were Masons. Shortly after a horrific fire at the Moose Hall in 1944, Hamilton Masons worked with the Red Cross to improve the system for recording and contacting blood donors.
Today, the Blood Donor Committee compiles statistics from every lodge on annual donations. Many lodges have a blood donor chairman, and some lodges support or sponsor blood donor clinics.
“Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. In fact, according to a recent poll, 52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment.” – Canadian Blood Services
Learn more about Canadian Blood Services.
Basic Requirements for Donating Blood
Identification with full name and signature, or full name and photograph required.
Between 17th and 71st birthday (regular donor) or between 17th and 61st donor (first-time donor). To continue donating after the 71st birthday, regular donors should contact Canadian Blood Services prior to donation for further eligibility information.
At least 50 kg (110 lb).
- Frequency of blood donation
Minimum interval between blood donations is 56 days.
In good health and feeling well. You should have had something to eat and adequate sleep. You must also meet hemoglobin (iron) requirements (test done at clinic).
Donating blood does not put you at risk of disease. All needles are sterile, used only once and discarded. The usual blood collection – a “unit” – is about half a litre, or one pint. Your body soon replaces all the blood you donate.
In order to have your donation registered to Jerusalem Lodge, please mention our partner ID: MAS No. 11038.
The above eligibility requirements were accurate at the time of publishing. Eligibility requirements are subject to change. For complete eligibility requirements, please contact Canadian Blood Services.