Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Salvation Army, United Blood Services Need Your Help

Salvation Army, United Blood Services Need Your Help

Canadian Blood Services put out an urgent call on Dec.18 for eligible donors to fill 35,000 open appointments by Jan 6.

"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give life but donors must continue to answer the call for blood, especially during the weeks of December 25 and January 1", Prinzen added.

Matt Walstad, with United Blood Services, says in his opinion, most people don't donate because they are never asked.

Around 900,000 people gave blood last year, but around 200,000 new blood donors are needed each year to maintain the numbers for life-saving blood donations.

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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.

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

Platelets pose a particularly hard challenge. About 30 percent of the supply goes to cancer patients in the region, and one in seven entering the hospital need blood.

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

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"I donate for several reasons", said Joe Michielson, a donor at the Lethbridge blood clinic. "It's easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app". During bad weather, more trauma accidents seem to happen and there's a need for more blood.

Make sure you drink lots of water, get plenty to eat and a good night's sleep. Sterile needles are used for every donation and staff are always close by.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments.

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