Urgent need for blood donations in Charlottetown over holiday season

Frigid temps cause drop in United Blood Services donations

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

Canadian Blood Services says the holiday season is a slower time for blood donations.

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.

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

"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".

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- December 27 to December 29, from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m, and 3:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.

Major Byron Medlock says kettle donations dropped about 20 percent and raised almost $717,000. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O blood. About 30 percent of the supply goes to cancer patients in the region, and one in seven entering the hospital need blood.

He said the Red Deer blood donor clinic is closed on New Year's Day because the clinic is always closed on Monday.

Donors are needed from all blood types and communities, with a particular need for people from black and Asian communities to ensure the right mix of blood. "It's easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app".

Make sure you drink lots of water, get plenty to eat and a good night's sleep. The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood. Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone.

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