Urgent need for blood donations in Charlottetown over holiday season

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Major Byron Medlock says kettle donations dropped about 20 percent and raised almost $717,000.

"If donating blood is something you have considered over time, what better time than now - turn your good intentions into actions as New Year's resolution", he said, adding if it works out for them, they can continue on doing it for years to come.

Canadian Blood Services will open its clinic at Eau Claire Market on New Year's Day, allowing the refugees to give blood and help with what is often a slow time for blood donations over the Christmas holidays.

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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.

"I have people calling me all the time, wanting to donate".

People interested in giving blood should check the Canadian Blood Services website to determine if they are eligible, and can also book an appointment online.

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"They are really making a difference so we're very grateful to them".

After their initial plea for help, there was an increase in donations across the country, but there are still some 18,000 open donor appointments to fill and the Lethbridge clinic still has 159 openings for next week.

"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give life but donors must continue to answer the call for blood, especially during the weeks of December 25 and January 1", Prinzen added.

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"For every donation we collect, donors provide three potential lifesaving gifts to a hospital patient", he says. All blood types are needed, however, donations from donors with O-negative type blood is in high demand. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O blood.

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