Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

Canadian Blood Services has seen a notable increase in donations since December 18, when it issued an urgent call for eligible donors to fill 35,000 open appointments across Canada by January 6.

Canadian Blood Services will open its clinic at Eau Claire Market on New Year's Day, allowing the refugees to give blood and help with what is often a slow time for blood donations over the Christmas holidays.

Pictou County residents are asked to book their appointments by downloading the GiveBlood app, visiting the website blood.ca or calling 1888-236-6283.

MacDonald also says that walk-ins are always welcome especially around this time of year, and says most people are in and out within an hour.

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.

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

Anyone that wants to help "Pay it Forward' can visit the United Blood Services' office at 1503 Bertrand drive in Lafayette". As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O-negative blood.

"People in Pictou County are very generous and loyal and we appreciate their support", said MacDonald. 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.

Bring valid identification. If you have donated before, you will need your blood donor card.

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".

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