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.
Mike Stredder, director of blood donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "It's New Year and like many of us, you may be thinking about the year ahead and some changes you'd like to make to your life".
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.
Christmas may be over but it's still a season to give.
All blood types can help patients, but Canadian Blood Services says O-negative is in particular demand as the universal blood type is compatible with everyone.
United Blood Services strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type at all times.
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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.
Typically the holidays are a slower time for blood donations. Patients with serious bleeding or those undergoing cancer treatments rely on platelet donations, but with a shelf life of only seven days, the need for platelets is pressing and ongoing. We get that during the holiday season people are travelling.
"If donating blood is something you have considered over time, what better time than now - turn your good intentions into actions as New Year's resolution", he said, adding if it works out for them, they can continue on doing it for years to come. It is important to ensure blood is available before it is needed.
Book an appointment by downloading the GiveBlood app or visit blood.ca.
Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments.