Canadian Blood Services needs help this season

Canadian Blood Services needs help this season

Canadian Blood Services reports an urgent need for blood donations - and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is urging Islanders to roll up their sleeves now.

Donations drop by almost 40 percent during the holiday season while the need for blood increases. "Plasma we can freeze and it will last up to a year, red cells last 42 days, but platelets only last for seven days".

"We know that you are busy with travel and activities over the holidays, and we hope that you will make time to save a life and give blood".

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The refugees said it was their aim to "show appreciation and devotion to Canada and the Canadian people" and Canadian Blood Services is opening its Eau Claire Market clinic on 1 January so they can do so. "They're spending more time with family, but for us we're pretty much always open other than Christmas Day", Richer said on Thursday.

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

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

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"In Syria, the donation of blood is considered the highest form of loyalty to the community". As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O-negative blood. We get that during the holiday season people are travelling. "The main reason I guess is because I realized the need when my daughter had cancer and had some need for blood at that time".

Following this a staff member will go over your questionnaire with you to confirm your answers and give your finger a quick prick to check your hemoglobin levels and test your blood pressure.

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

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