96 vacant appointments at local blood clinic before January 6


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

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.

Many southern Albertans are enjoying some down time this season, but Canadian Blood Services wants to remind prospective donors that the demand for blood never takes a break.

Around 900,000 people gave blood last year, but around 200,000 new blood donors are needed each year to maintain the numbers for life-saving blood donations.

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.

The giving of gifts over the holiday season can result in the giving of life getting lost in the shuffle.

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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.

This can be for various reasons and blood, platelets and plasma are always needed.

United Blood Services strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type at all times.

Following this a staff member will go over your questionnaire with you to confirm your answers and give your finger a quick prick to check your hemoglobin levels and test your blood pressure.

The blood collection centre in Charlottetown is located at 85 Fitzroy St. Hours of operation until January 5, 2018 are 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on December 27; 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. on December 28; 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on December 29; 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. on January 2; 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. on January 3; 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. on January 4; and 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on January 5.