Canadian Blood Services asks residents to help fill 190 appointments

For patients in need of blood products, the act of blood donation is a ‘miracle’ and blood donors are ‘miracle workers’.

For patients in need of blood products, the act of blood donation is a ‘miracle’ and blood donors are ‘miracle workers’. This sentiment was the inspiration for Canadian Blood Services’ 2013 Holiday Miracle campaign.

The campaign encourages community members from coast to coast to help meet patient need by giving blood over the holidays.

Within the next few weeks, Canadian Blood Services needs to collect 480 donations from Central Alberta donors and almost 19,000 blood donations across the country. Currently more than 190 appointments are still available at the Red Deer clinic, particularly on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve.

“Blood is perishable, especially platelets, which are part of blood. Platelets have a shelf life of just five days. That means giving blood immediately before or after holidays, like Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, is critical at this time of year,” said Community Development Coordinator Tanya Paul.

“We need community members to rally around patients this holiday season and help make miracles come true.”

To donate, call 1-888-2-donate (1-888-236-6283) or go online at www.blood.ca to book an appointment at the Red Deer clinic, 5020 68 Street.

While there is a continuous need for all blood types, there is a current need for donors with O-negative blood. When someone’s life is on the line and there’s no time to check blood type, hospital patients can receive O-negative blood.

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