Canadian Blood Services in need of donations

30 December, 2017, 03:08 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • Last year the volunteers recruited 120 donors at the Surrey donation centre

The refugees' offering of their time and blood donations comes at an important time as Canada faces an urgent nationwide need for donors, especially over the Christmas and New Year period due to travel, family activities and changes in routines.

During the holiday season, there is a 40 percent drop in the amount of people donating blood and the cold weather is making those numbers even lower.

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

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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.

"In Syria, the donation of blood is considered the highest form of loyalty to the community". As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O blood.

"People in Pictou County are very generous and loyal and we appreciate their support", said MacDonald. About 30 percent of the supply goes to cancer patients in the region, and one in seven entering the hospital need blood.

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This can be for various reasons and blood, platelets and plasma are always needed. "It's easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app". The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood.

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.

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