Canadian Blood Services says there are 370 slots which need filling between now and January 6 at the Red Deer clinic. However, more new and returning donors are still needed to help fill 18,000 open appointments.
With the holidays underway, the United Blood Services is working diligently to ensure blood supply remains strong approaching the New Year. Donations drop by almost 40 percent during the holiday season while the need for blood increases. Travel, family activities and changes in routines pose challenges to blood collections, especially the last half of December into the New Year.More news: Research Analysts Issue Forecasts for American Tower Corp's FY2018 Earnings (NYSE:AMT)
United Blood Services aims to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times, and donations of O-negative, the universal type, are especially important because of increased accidents and trauma cases. 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.
This can be for various reasons and blood, platelets and plasma are always needed.More news: Diesel powered. Fast and Furious star is top-grossing actor of 2017
Their "Pay it Forward" blood-drive is collecting donations all month for this cause.
New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins will be accepted, says Canadian Blood Services.More news: Local jobless rate increases to 5.3 percent in November
Canadians who are unable to give blood are encouraged to either give financially or tell others in their network about the benefits of donating blood.