Urgent need for blood donations in Charlottetown over holiday season

Mark Wong has donated blood 112 times

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.

With the holidays underway, the United Blood Services is working diligently to ensure blood supply remains strong approaching the New Year. Travel, family activities and changes in routines pose challenges to blood collections, especially the last half of December into the New Year.

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

All blood types are encouraged to donate, but the supply of O-negative blood is in demand because it can be used by any recipient regardless their blood type.

The Red Deer clinic is open 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Donors with O blood types are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone.

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The giving of gifts over the holiday season can result in the giving of life getting lost in the shuffle.

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. "The main reason I guess is because I realized the need when my daughter had cancer and had some need for blood at that time".

Make sure you drink lots of water, get plenty to eat and a good night's sleep.

When you donate you sit back in a comfy chair and let the staff do their job.

United Blood Services takes appointments but also welcomes walk-ins.

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