Some 250 blood donors needed

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

Tur­key, gifts and mistle­toe aren’t the only thing in de­mand over the hol­i­days. Un­for­tu­nately, there’s of­ten a spike in the need for blood.

That fact has the or­ga­niz­ers of lo­cal blood drives hop­ing for a strong turnout over the next month. Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices is needs 100 donors at its Elmira donor cen­tre (Dec. 28, 2:30-7:30 p.m. at Lions Hall), 80 in Lin­wood (Jan. 4, 4-8 p.m. at the Lin­wood Com­mu­nity Cen­tre), and 80 at the Welles­ley donor cen­tre (Jan. 7, 5-9 p.m. at the Welles­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre).

Do­na­tions tend to de­crease dur­ing the hol­i­days as reg­u­lar blood donors of­ten have sea­sonal com­mit­ments, travel plans or a change in their rou­tine, the agency notes. Since blood prod­ucts have a lim­ited shelf life, the de­mand for blood never stops; cancer pa­tients, ac­ci­dent vic­tims, and peo­ple with blood dis­or­ders rely on blood trans­fu­sions ev­ery day. More than 250 blood do­na­tions are needed over the three clin­ics to en­sure lo­cal pa­tients re­ceive the blood they need.

To book an ap­point­ment to­day, lo­cate a donor cen­tre, check your el­i­gi­bil­ity and more down­load the GiveBlood app avail­able on iOS or An­droid, visit www.blood.ca, or call 1-888-2DONATE.

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