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Blood shortage triggers renewed calls for donors over holiday season

The Temiskaming Speaker Pledging loyalty and thanks to Canada, Syrian refugees donate their blood
Steve Townsend | 29 December, 2017, 03:21

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.

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.

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.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments.

"This year we are asking people in Greater Manchester to focus on giving and to register to give blood". Thursday's (Dec. 28) clinic also runs from 2-7 p.m. Appointments can be booked online at blood.ca, by downloading the GiveBlood app or by calling 1-888-236-6283.

The Temiskaming Speaker
Canadian Blood Services puts out urgent call for donations

"People going through cancer treatment use blood on a regular basis, and platelets, a component of blood, only have a shelf life of seven days". It's closed Sunday and Monday.

O-negative blood is in particular demand, since that is "the universal blood type" compatible with everyone. "Right now as of this morning we're under a two-day supply of O-negative blood so it's flashing red right now".

The members of the Syrian Refugee Support Group of Calgary committed themselves to fill appointments and collect 50 donations to start 2018.

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

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec).

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