Canadian Blood Services Sees Spike in Blood Donations After Humboldt Tragedy

April 13, 2018 1:42 pm Last Updated: April 13, 2018 2:10 pm

The Canadian Blood Services said there’s been a national “spike” in donations in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan. Several cities in Western Canada have seen donation increases of about 25 percent above their averages including Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Edmonton.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health attributed the spike to the story of one of the victims, 21-year-old defenceman Logan Boulet. Boulet was on life support after the crash until his organs could be donated.

Canadians have also opened their wallets to help support the families of the victims of last Friday’s crash. Over $10.2 million has been pledged to a GoFundMe campaign. More than 120,000 donors in 65 countries have contributed to the campaign. Donations range from $5 to $50,000 and come from individuals, families, sports teams, and multinational corporations.