Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

Canadian Blood Services says 1200 donations needed over holidays

"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. But a mobile clinic will be operating in Rocky Mountain House, at Church of the Nazarene, 5340 59th Ave., from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with 66 open appointments.

But after arriving in the safety and compassion of Canada, 50 local Syrian refugees are thrilled at the chance to finally give back by "adopting" a blood collection centre to give blood for one day.

Theo Clarke, national BAME marketing manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "We urgently need 40,000 new black donors to stop the pain experienced by black patients with sickle cell disease".

Canadian Blood Services is urging people to donate blood over the holidays, as blood reserves dip dangerously low in B.C.

Travel, family activities and changes in routines pose challenges to blood collections, especially during the last half of December and into the New Year, the release said. It's closed Sunday and Monday. "All types of blood are needed and everyone is encouraged to donate, but there is a specific need for O-negative blood because it can be used in patients with any blood type".

"Every day we always get an update". "We like to have between five and eight days on supply and right now we have just over three".

"We also need more donors from the Asian community to help people from these communities who are more likely to have conditions like Thalassaemia, which require regular blood transfusions".

New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins will be accepted, says Canadian Blood Services.

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