Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Canadian Blood Services says 1200 donations needed over holidays

Canadian Blood Services says 1200 donations needed over holidays

Some blood collection centres will be open on New Year's Day, as well as during other regular collection hours. "To express their loyalty to this nation".

Explaining why they wanted to do the blood drive, with hundreds of refugees reportedly keen to take part sooner or later, he added: "It's a way to affirm, to show how thankful they are about how they've been treated by Canadians. This is like a dream land for them".

He didn't realize how cold it was outside until he got ready to leave for the blood donation.

Across England 900,000 people gave blood in 2017.

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Canadian Blood Services put out an urgent call on Dec.18 for eligible donors to fill 35,000 open appointments by Jan 6.

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

"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give life but donors must continue to answer the call for blood, especially during the weeks of December 25 and January 1".

Blood donations drop about 40 percent during the holiday when the need is high, so United Blood Services Montana is calling for more callers to step forward.

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Shaun Richer, Canadian Blood Services territory manager for Red Deer and Central Alberta, said the number of donors needed locally is comparable to last Christmas.

NHS Blood and Transplant needs around 200,000 new donors every year to maintain the supply for life-saving blood donations.

All blood types are encouraged to donate, but the supply of O-negative blood is in demand because it can be used by any recipient regardless their blood type.

Donors with O-negative are considered to be "universal donors" because they are compatible with all blood types and that's especially helpful in emergency situations.

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