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Red Deerians urged to give blood before Thanksgiving long weekend

Canadian Blood Services is encouraging blood donations this Thanksgiving.

As Canadians prepare to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Canadian Blood Services is encouraging Red Deer residents to keep patients in need of blood in mind.

Donations often decrease during long weekends. Travel and family activities make it challenging for people to find time to donate but the demand for blood never stops.

Blood donations before and during Thanksgiving will help ensure that ongoing patient needs are met.

At the Red Deer Blood Centre, located at 5-5020 69 St., there are open appointments to fill at donation events that run: Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donors who make an appointment are encouraged to keep it as missed or cancelled appointments are difficult to fill.

If you’re unable to make it to your appointment, please cancel it so someone else can take your place and consider re-booking in coming months,” a release from the agency states.

“In compliance with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s direction to enable physical distancing, at this time, we can only welcome people with appointments.”

Download the GiveBlood app and join Canada’s Lifeline. Please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book now at blood.ca.

Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

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