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Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

30 December 2017

Sam Nammoura, spokesman for the group, told the Calgary Herald: "In Syria, the donation of blood is considered the highest form of loyalty to the community".

"I donate for several reasons", said Joe Michielson, a donor at the Lethbridge blood clinic.

Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "It's New Year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year ahead and some changes you'd like to make to your life". The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood. "It has really snowballed, everyone wants to give".

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Pictou County residents are asked to book their appointments by downloading the GiveBlood app, visiting the website blood.ca or calling 1888-236-6283.

"They're giving back to the community, they're saving lives and giving the gift of life".

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.

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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.

A New Liskeard Blood Donor Clinic will be open Thursday, December 28, from 2 p.m.to 7 p.m. and Friday, December 29, from 12 to 3 p.m.at Riverside Place in New Liskeard. "Plasma we can freeze and it will last up to a year, red cells last 42 days, but platelets only last for seven days".

While all blood types help patients, Canadian Blood Services says the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O blood.

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

Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors