On Dec. 16, 2017 Canadian Blood Services put out a call for more blood donors over the holiday season, saying 35,000 open appointments needed to be filled across Canada before January 6, 2018.
Platelets are also collected but this poses a hard challenge because such donations only have a shelf life of seven days, notes the Canadian Blood Services.
UBS says during the holiday season, blood donations tend to drop about 40 percent and it's during that time that donations are needed most.
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Matt Walstad, with United Blood Services, says in his opinion, most people don't donate because they are never asked.
While all blood types help patients, the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand.
Typically the holidays are a slower time for blood donations.
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Clinics will be held at the Pictou Armouries from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and at Summer Street Industries on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., as well as Thursday, Jan. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. We get that during the holiday season people are travelling.
He said the Red Deer blood donor clinic is closed on New Year's Day because the clinic is always closed on Monday. "It's easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app". "The main reason I guess is because I realized the need when my daughter had cancer and had some need for blood at that time".
When you arrive, staff will direct you to the first station in the process that requires you to fill out a donor questionnaire.
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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".