Windsor's Muslim Community Donates Gift Of Life

Windsor's muslim community is rolling up their sleeves to give the gift of life.

The Windsor Islamic Council, the University of Windsor Muslim Students Association and the Windsor Islamic Youth Council have launched a joint blood drive.

It began Thursday and runs until Saturday  with a goal of donating 150 units of blood.

On the first day, 70 units were collected.

"Just yesterday alone, we reached 70," says Windsor Islamic Council Spokesperson Lina Chaker.  "So we did have over 100 signed up so we are really hoping to reach our target in the next few days."

Chaker says it was important to get the university and youth groups involved and they played a big roll in organizing the first day and it was really geared toward the youth to build the habits of donating blood early and hopefully consistently.

She points out every week in Windsor alone over 300 units of blood are needed.

Chaker says they responded to an appeal from the Canadian Blood Services who requested this.

 The joint Blood Drive is part of the Muslim Community's celebration of Canada150.

The drive takes place at the Canadian Blood Service on Grand Marais Road East from 8am to 12pm.