Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer waiting for donors

"We are pleased so many Canadians have stepped up to fill open appointments to give blood and are confident others will join them by year-end or early in the New Year", says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply chain officer.

Canadian Blood Services said just four per cent of the Canadian population is supporting the need of patients across the country. I will sacrifice with my life, with my soul, and my blood'.

MacDonald said a dip in attendance is also common during summer months, when regular donors are travelling during vacation periods.

Blood donations are always in high need over the holidays because donations are perishable and while many people take a break from their routines this week Peter MacDonald with Canadian Blood Services tells News 95.7 the need for blood never stops. When blood is collected, three things are used from it. Plasma is frozen for up to a year, red blood cells can be kept for 42 days and platelets can only be kept for seven days.

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. "The main reason I guess is because I realized the need when my daughter had cancer and had some need for blood at that time".

"We have a saying in Arabic: 'I will defend with my heart, and my soul and my blood". But a mobile clinic will be operating in Rocky Mountain House, at Church of the Nazarene, 5340 59th Ave., from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with 66 open appointments.

Lagos said he understands the importance of blood donations because he's seen "the other side" of them: His wife has low blood iron, and she once received a donation when her iron levels were critically low.

Shaun Richer, Canadian Blood Services territory manager for Red Deer and Central Alberta, said the number of donors needed locally is comparable to last Christmas.

There are 2,100 more appointments to be filled in Atlantic Canada.

"Right now we're trying to let people know we're still open during the holidays".

"I'd say it's always a good gift, but this time of year everyone is filled up on turkey dinner", Lagos said with a smile.

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