Earlier this month, Canadian Blood Services released an appeal for donors to urgently fill 35,000 appointments by 6 January, and there has been a sharp increase in donations since - but not enough.
The refugees' offering of their time and blood donations comes at an important time as Canada faces an urgent nationwide need for donors, especially over the Christmas and New Year period due to travel, family activities and changes in routines.
Platelets are also collected but this poses a hard challenge because such donations only have a shelf life of seven days, notes the Canadian Blood Services.
About 30 percent of United Blood Services blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region, and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood.
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.
Around 900,000 people gave blood last year, but around 200,000 new blood donors are needed each year to maintain the numbers for life-saving blood donations.
- December 27 to December 29, from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m, and 3:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m.
Anyone that wants to help "Pay it Forward' can visit the United Blood Services' office at 1503 Bertrand drive in Lafayette".
"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. "It's easy to sign up and book your first appointment online or via our mobile phone app". Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone.
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