Demand for blood donations rises during holiday

Last year the volunteers recruited 120 donors at the Surrey donation centre

Last year the volunteers recruited 120 donors at the Surrey donation centre

United Blood Services is the only provider to about 30 hospitals in Montana and western Wyoming.

Even after an urgent call for donors December 18, Canadian Blood Services still needs to fill 18,000 open appointments - 2,600 in Alberta, 940 in Edmonton - to meet supply standards for the period ending January 6.

"We are pleased so many Canadians have stepped up to fill open appointments to give blood and are confident others will join them by year-end or early in the New Year", says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply chain officer.

Blood donors are needed in Red Deer as the holiday season winds down.

The KW Blood Donor Clinic on Bridgeport Road will be open from 10 AM until 2 PM.

The New Liskeard Blood Donor Clinic has 120 spots to fill.


Although all blood types help patients in need, the organization is especially looking for those with O-negative blood because O-negative blood is a universal blood type that is compatible with everyone and can be given to anyone in an emergency situation.

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.

Canadian Blood Services want to remind existing and new donors that collection centres will be open on New Year's Day.

"We know that you are busy with travel and activities over the holidays, and we hope that you will make time to save a life and give blood".

"Canadian patients' lives depend on them".

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