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Demand for blood donations rises during holiday

Demand for blood donations rises during holiday

But after arriving in the safety and compassion of Canada, 50 local Syrian refugees are thrilled at the chance to finally give back by "adopting" a blood collection centre to give blood for one day.

He added while all blood types are needed to help patients, this holiday season the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand.

Canadian Blood Services is urging people to donate blood over the holidays, as blood reserves dip dangerously low in B.C.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. But it's blood transfusions that have made an extraordinary difference in her life.

Canadian Blood Services had a goal of 134 donations and collected 113.

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The dip in the national inventory is an annual holiday phenomenon Steele-Kretschmer attributes to changes in routine like travel or other family activities. The magician duo has partnered with UBS the past several years to promoted the "13 Bloody Days of Christmas", to encourage donations at a typically slow time for UBS.

The agency says there are over 870 appointments still open between now and January 6.

Donors are also more likely to miss scheduled appointments at this time of year. Patients' lives depend on you.

The NHS particularly needs black and Asian blood donors to ensure the best match for patients with certain conditions but donation levels usually fall during the winter.

New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins will be accepted, says Canadian Blood Services. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O-negative blood.


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