On Dec. 16, 2017 Canadian Blood Services put out a call for more blood donors over the holiday season, saying 35,000 open appointments needed to be filled across Canada before January 6, 2018.
Travel, family activities and changes in routines pose challenges to blood collections, especially during the last half of December and into the New Year, the release said.
Platelets are also collected but this poses a hard challenge because such donations only have a shelf life of seven days, notes the Canadian Blood Services.
"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give blood", said Rick Prinzen, chief supply chain officer for the CBS.
Frigid temps are keeping people indoors and officials with United Blood Services says they are in need of donors.
The Red Deer clinic is open 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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Near Record Cold, Arctic Air to Stay
Highs on Sunday will drop about 10 degrees from Saturday with overnight lows dropping into the upper 20s and low 30s. The cold only deepens tonight as arctic air continues to pour in with a steady breeze out of the west to northwest.
As the temperatures drop, so do blood donations.
Anyone that wants to help "Pay it Forward' can visit the United Blood Services' office at 1503 Bertrand drive in Lafayette". As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O blood.
"I donate for several reasons", said Joe Michielson, a donor at the Lethbridge blood clinic.
This can be for various reasons and blood, platelets and plasma are always needed.
Make sure you drink lots of water, get plenty to eat and a good night's sleep.
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. All blood types are needed, however, donations from donors with O-negative type blood is in high demand.