Canadian Blood Services needs help this season

Mark Wong has donated blood 112 times

Mark Wong has donated blood 112 times

Blood donors are needed to fill about 370 appointments in Central Alberta between now and January 6 to help fill the need for donations this holiday season. Their "Pay it Forward" blood-drive is collecting donations all month for this cause.

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

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

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This holiday season the Canadian Blood Services is reminding Canadians that blood is a free gift that could save a life and the need for blood is especially high this time of year. "Plasma we can freeze and it will last up to a year, red cells last 42 days, but platelets only last for seven days". 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. "They're spending more time with family, but for us we're pretty much always open other than Christmas Day", Richer said on Thursday.

O-negative blood is in particular demand, since that is "the universal blood type" compatible with everyone.

- December 27 to December 29, from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m, and 3:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.

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"If donating blood is something you have considered over time, what better time than now - turn your good intentions into actions as New Year's resolution", he said, adding if it works out for them, they can continue on doing it for years to come.

Blood and blood products are a critical part of every day medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease.

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

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Canadian Blood Services said just four per cent of the Canadian population is supporting the need of patients across the country.

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