Canadian Blood Services puts out urgent call for donations

Last year the volunteers recruited 120 donors at the Surrey donation centre

O-negative blood is in particular demand, since that is "the universal blood type" compatible with everyone.

The Syrian Refugee Support group of Calgary is preparing to give blood on New Year's Day.

Frigid temps are keeping people indoors and officials with United Blood Services says they are in need of donors.

After more than a decade of teaming up for the "Dunkin' Donors Make a Difference" campaign and closing in on 1 million blood and platelet donations, the partnership remains vital to keeping local blood donation levels steady after the holiday season.

MacDonald also says that walk-ins are always welcome especially around this time of year, and says most people are in and out within an hour. 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. "We're having blood collection centers opening on Boxing Day, New Years and Christmas Eve, which is unusual for us because it (Christmas Eve) is a Sunday", he said. Appointments can be made through the Blood Services website at blood.ca or by downloading the Canadian Blood Services "Give Blood" app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices.

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The clock is ticking for Congress to come up with a resolution for the funding of the Child Healthcare Insurance Program (CHIP). Before the winter recess, Congress passed a temporary spending bill to keep the government running until January 19th.

Typically the holidays are a slower time for blood donations. Today's (Dec. 27) clinic runs from 2-7 p.m.at the hall.

Across the country there are still 1,800 appointments that need to be filled by January 6th.

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.

Canadian Blood Services is looking to the public for help as it deals with an urgent blood shortage in the region.

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