The number of donors has been on the decline in recent years.
“The turnout today has been wonderful, certainly a lot busier than it has been in the past,” she said Thursday.
“The last clinic that we (had) here about two months ago, we were actually 30 units short of our target.”
Kavanagh said that the beds at the clinic had been full since the doors opened at 12:30 p.m.
She was hopeful the target of 86 units would be met and possibly even surpassed.
A steady line of people flowed through the main ballroom of the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre, rolling up their sleeves for the cause.
Longtime donor Kevin Glavine said he feels it is a civic duty to donate blood. He’s been doing his part since he was in high school, he said.
While some were seasoned givers, there were also fresh faces in the crowd, including Chad Beck.
The Keyin College student said he was moved to donate after learning about the decreasing supply of blood products.
“Someone came to talk to us in school,” he said. “I figured it was for a good cause.”
The experience was similar to what he had anticipated, Beck said.
“You come down and get a needle, but it’s not bad.”
Beck said he would like to encourage others to donate.
“It’s not that bad. It is five or six seconds of your time to get the needle in. Then it doesn’t hurt anymore,” he said.
The latest clinic was also the first time Canadian Blood Services has used the Life Bus shuttle in the area. The vehicle will pick up groups of people to ride to a local donor clinic.
Anyone wishing to use the bus can call Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE (236-62833).