Canadian Blood Services needs more donors during holidays

Faith Castro
December 29, 2017

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec).

"Our collection goal is 96 donations every time we are in Brandon", Raizen said last week.

"They are really making a difference so we're very grateful to them. So you coming in to donor is literally helping someone in the next week locally". These unclaimed appointments include those at the organization's only permanent site in Winnipeg.

He said the Red Deer blood donor clinic is closed on New Year's Day because the clinic is always closed on Monday.

"Christmas Day is the only day we do not collect blood".

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This holiday season the Canadian Blood Services is reminding Canadians that blood is a free gift that could save a life and the need for blood is especially high this time of year.

The blood collection centre in Charlottetown is located at 85 Fitzroy St. Hours of operation until January 5, 2018 are 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on December 27; 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. on December 28; 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on December 29; 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. on January 2; 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. on January 3; 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. on January 4; and 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on January 5.

The holiday season is a slower time for blood donations. Appointments can be made through the Blood Services website at blood.ca or by downloading the Canadian Blood Services "Give Blood" app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices.

Anyone that wants to help "Pay it Forward' can visit the United Blood Services' office at 1503 Bertrand drive in Lafayette".

A part-time student at the University of Alberta, Valdez said he walked by the clinic at 8249 114th St. and saw a sign urging people to donate blood.

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