’Tis the season for giving
Sandy Cove resident donates blood for the past 34 years
As Lisa Napier clenched a stress ball to assist in circulation, phlebotomist Arlene Halley was preparing a needle to being the collection process.
In the true spirit of giving, the Sandy Cove resident used her lunch break on Dec. 12 to donate blood in Gander.
It’s something she’s been doing for the past 34 years, making the first donation at just 17 years old.
“I work in healthcare, a lab technologist by trade, so I know what it’s being used for and the help that it provides,” said Napier. “And I know there’s a need for it.”
As a result, she’ll donate blood twice a year.
Heading up the Newfoundland mobile collection stations for Canadian Blood Services is Janice Owens.
The out of town mobile clinics covers areas throughout the province from St. John’s to Grand Falls. With Christmas being the season for giving, Owens said there isn’t a noticeable difference in donations being made.
“But we do have some donors that will come out once a year and it will be prior to Christmas,” she said.
And in general, Owens said Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have always been very kind in making donations.
For example, on day one of two in Gander, the clinic was aiming for 43 units, but collected 52 units.
“But we are always looking for more donors,” said Owens.