United Blood Services donations drop as temperatures plummet

Jobal Bal

Earlier this month, Canadian Blood Services released an appeal for donors to urgently fill 35,000 appointments by 6 January, and there has been a sharp increase in donations since - but not enough.

Canadian Blood Services will open its clinic at Eau Claire Market on New Year's Day, allowing the refugees to give blood and help with what is often a slow time for blood donations over the Christmas holidays. "Plasma we can freeze and it will last up to a year, red cells last 42 days, but platelets only last for seven days".

People can make an appointment to donate by going to blood.ca or using the Canadian Blood Services app.

While all blood types help patients, the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand.

Sam Nammoura, spokesman for the group, told the Calgary Herald: "In Syria, the donation of blood is considered the highest form of loyalty to the community".

- 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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Platelets pose a particularly hard challenge.

The giving of gifts over the holiday season can result in the giving of life getting lost in the shuffle.

A part-time student at the University of Alberta, Valdez said he walked by the clinic at 8249 114th St. and saw a sign urging people to donate blood.

When you arrive, staff will direct you to the first station in the process that requires you to fill out a donor questionnaire. The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood.

"Every day we always get an update".

When the donation of blood is finished, you are asked to rest for five minutes in the chair before heading to the refreshment area where you can relax for 15 minutes with a complimentary cool drink and sweet snack.

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