Canadian Blood Services needs help this season

Frigid temps cause drop in United Blood Services donations

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.

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.

"What happens this time of year, between Christmas and New Year's especially, is that people are out of their regular routines, off work, travelling and our attendance is much lower than we had hoped".

All blood types are encouraged to donate, but the supply of O-negative blood is in demand because it can be used by any recipient regardless their blood type.

- 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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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. We get that during the holiday season people are travelling.

But because of strict screening regulations, the need for certified Arabic translators and gathering detailed information on donors' health backgrounds, Nammoura said the event had to be postponed for the new year, and limited to 50 refugees for now. During bad weather, more trauma accidents seem to happen and there's a need for more blood.

Book an appointment by downloading the GiveBlood app or visit blood.ca. The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood.

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

When the donation of blood is finished, you are asked to rest for five minutes in the chair before heading to the refreshment area where you can relax for 15 minutes with a complimentary cool drink and sweet snack.

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