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Canadian Blood Services needs more donors during holidays

Canadian Blood Services needs more donors during holidays

The holiday season is a slower time for blood donations.

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.

"Canadian patients' lives depend on them". "To express their loyalty to this nation". But it's blood transfusions that have made an extraordinary difference in her life. "This is like a dream land for them".

New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins will be accepted, says Canadian Blood Services. "Generally, we've been doing very well in Brandon since we moved to bi-weekly clinics".

Shaun Richer, Canadian Blood Services territory manager for Red Deer and Central Alberta, said the number of donors needed locally is comparable to last Christmas. Travel, family activities and changes in routines pose challenges to blood collections, especially the last half of December into the New Year.

People interested in giving blood should check the Canadian Blood Services website to determine if they are eligible, and can also book an appointment online.

The campaign - part of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970 - offers incentives to motivate donors to give over the winter.

"The holiday period is a challenging time for Canadian Blood Services given that people are busy with their holiday plans and may not be thinking of blood donation, but you really never know when you or a loved one may need help so we are encouraging people to consider donating, " Lee said in a statement issued Wednesday. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O-negative blood.

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