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United Blood Services needs donor's

United Blood Services needs donor's

This holiday season the Canadian Blood Services is reminding Canadians that blood is a free gift that could save a life and the need for blood is especially high this time of year.

Platelets are also collected but this poses a hard challenge because such donations only have a shelf life of seven days, notes the Canadian Blood Services.

United Blood Services of the Dakotas is asking for help to make up for the large decrease in blood donations this holiday season.

"What happens this time of year, between Christmas and New Year's especially, is that people are out of their regular routines, off work, travelling and our attendance is much lower than we had hoped".

Major Byron Medlock says kettle donations dropped about 20 percent and raised almost $717,000.

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.

While all blood types help patients, the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand.

Platelets pose a particularly hard challenge.

The need for platelets, it adds, is pressing and ongoing: patients with serious bleeding or those undergoing cancer treatments rely on platelet donations. While some people are spending time at home with their families, others are spending the holidays in the hospital. "It's easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app".

Bring valid identification. If you have donated before, you will need your blood donor card.

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

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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