Canadian Blood Services says 1200 donations needed over holidays

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But because of strict screening regulations, the need for certified Arabic translators and gathering detailed information on donors' health backgrounds, Nammoura said the event had to be postponed for the new year, and limited to 50 refugees for now.

"We also need more donors from the Asian community to help people from these communities who are more likely to have conditions like Thalassaemia, which require regular blood transfusions".

People can make an appointment to donate by going to blood.ca or using the Canadian Blood Services app.

Their "Pay it Forward" blood-drive is collecting donations all month for this cause. "This is like a dream land for them".

Tara Gutscher, KW Territory Manager for Canadian Blood Services says it isn't too late to save a life this Christmas.

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Persons with O-negative blood - the so-called "universal donor" - are especially needed.

The dip in the national inventory is an annual holiday phenomenon Steele-Kretschmer attributes to changes in routine like travel or other family activities.

Blood donations drop about 40 percent during the holiday when the need is high, so United Blood Services Montana is calling for more callers to step forward.

"The holiday period always presents challenges for us as we work to ensure we have enough blood and blood products to meet patients' needs", Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply chain officer, said in the statement.

"Canadian patients' lives depend on them". Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone.

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