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‘Holiday miracle’ needed

Contrary to the character on her T-shirt, Faye Fidler is acting more like Santa than the Grinch as she has her blood taken by Canadian Blood Services phlebotomist Addie Ray at the Surrey clinic in Guildford on Friday. Thousands of blood donors are required across the country in order to meet demand over the holiday season. In Surrey, the need for donors numbers 459.   - Evan Seal / The Leader
Contrary to the character on her T-shirt, Faye Fidler is acting more like Santa than the Grinch as she has her blood taken by Canadian Blood Services phlebotomist Addie Ray at the Surrey clinic in Guildford on Friday. Thousands of blood donors are required across the country in order to meet demand over the holiday season. In Surrey, the need for donors numbers 459.
— image credit: Evan Seal / The Leader

As Christmas approaches, Canadian Blood Services is asking eligible Canadians to “Give a Holiday Miracle” by donating blood during the days around Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Collecting blood during the holiday season is a challenge, as many donors go away or are busy with other activities. Yet many patients will spend their holiday receiving cancer treatment or undergoing life-saving surgery and emergency care.

During the weeks of Dec. 24-31, Canadian Blood Services estimates a need of 25,000 units of blood to give holiday miracles to hospital patients across Canada.

In order to meet this blood collection goal, 3,000 more Canadians are still needed to book appointments and donate blood between now and the end of the holiday season.

In Surrey, 459 donors are needed to donate blood in order to help meet this goal.

“We’d like to thank Canadians who took the time to donate blood so far this holiday season, but we need that generosity to continue through the end of the year,” says Ed Yee, Director of Donor and Clinic Services for the B.C. and Yukon region of Canadian Blood Services.

“As the year draws to an end, do something that embodies the spirit and generosity of the season – give blood. It costs you nothing, and it’ll give someone a holiday miracle.”

There are plenty of opportunities to donate blood this holiday season. The permanent blood donor clinic at #15285 101 Ave. in Surrey is open:

• Wednesday, Dec. 26 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 27 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 28 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Dec. 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

• Wednesday, Jan. 2 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Jan. 3 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Friday, Jan. 4 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 5 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit Canadian Blood Services online at www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment to donate.

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