United Blood Services donations drop as temperatures plummet

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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 holiday period is a challenging time for Canadian Blood Services given that people are busy with their holiday plans and may not be thinking of blood donation, but you really never know when you or a loved one may need help so we are encouraging people to consider donating, " Lee said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Officials say the holiday season is often a slower time for blood donations with travel, family activities and changes in routines posing challenges to blood collections, especially the last half of December into the new year.

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

The Red Deer clinic is open 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Patients with serious bleeding or those undergoing cancer treatments rely on platelet donations, but with a shelf life of only seven days, the need for platelets is pressing and ongoing.

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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Donors are needed from all blood types and communities, with a particular need for people from black and Asian communities to ensure the right mix of blood.

There is an online quiz available at blood.ca to check your eligibility. The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood. Sterile needles are used for every donation and staff are always close by. Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone.

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