On Dec. 16, 2017 Canadian Blood Services put out a call for more blood donors over the holiday season, saying 35,000 open appointments needed to be filled across Canada before January 6, 2018.
"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.
"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".
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.
All blood types are encouraged to donate, but the supply of O-negative blood is in demand because it can be used by any recipient regardless their blood type. Their "Pay it Forward" blood-drive is collecting donations all month for this cause. While some people are spending time at home with their families, others are spending the holidays in the hospital.
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Book an appointment by downloading the GiveBlood app or visit blood.ca.
This can be for various reasons and blood, platelets and plasma are always needed.
When you arrive, staff will direct you to the first station in the process that requires you to fill out a donor questionnaire.
Blood and blood products are a critical part of every day medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease.
United Blood Services takes appointments but also welcomes walk-ins.