Salvation Army, United Blood Services Need Your Help

Last year the volunteers recruited 120 donors at the Surrey donation centre

Earlier this month, Canadian Blood Services released an appeal for donors to urgently fill 35,000 appointments by 6 January, and there has been a sharp increase in donations since - but not enough.

With the holidays underway, the United Blood Services is working diligently to ensure blood supply remains strong approaching the New Year.

Officials say the holiday season is often a slower time for blood donations with travel, family activities and changes in routines posing challenges to blood collections, especially the last half of December into the new year.

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.

All blood types can help patients, but Canadian Blood Services says O-negative is in particular demand as the universal blood type is compatible with everyone.

"In Syria, the donation of blood is considered the highest form of loyalty to the community".

Anyone that wants to help "Pay it Forward' can visit the United Blood Services' office at 1503 Bertrand drive in Lafayette".

The New Liskeard Blood Donor Clinic has 120 spots to fill.

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. Sterile needles are used for every donation and staff are always close by.

It takes about two days for blood to be tested and prepared to send to patients in need.

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec).

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