Penticton blood donor clinic over the holidays

Canadian Blood Services is reminding donors and potential donors in Penticton of the importance of booking an appointment to give blood.

Hazel Bennett gets prepped to donate blood by phlebotomist Lacey Giene at the Drop In Centre at the Canadian Blood Clinic blood drive in June. Bennett shared the importance of donating blood with her story of her daughter needing blood transfusions.

Hazel Bennett gets prepped to donate blood by phlebotomist Lacey Giene at the Drop In Centre at the Canadian Blood Clinic blood drive in June. Bennett shared the importance of donating blood with her story of her daughter needing blood transfusions.

Canadian Blood Services is reminding donors and potential donors in Penticton of the importance of booking an appointment to give blood right away and that clinics are open over the holidays.

Canadian Blood Services said with the winter months come with the added challenges inclement weather creates. As donors in many areas contend with poor weather, it’s even more important for other current and new donors to make and keep their appointments.

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As a result of poor weather across the country, Canadian Blood Services has had to cancel a number of clinics and has also seen a decline in the number of donors able to attend clinics.

Book an appointment now to donate before Dec. 31 and bring your friends and family with you.

Upcoming clinics in Penticton at the Penticton Seniors Drop In Centre, 2965 South Main St., include: Dec. 28 to 30, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Visit blood.ca to view and share a new video e-card created for the holidays that shows how Ken, a donor, makes a difference for a patient like Noah who will require blood products for the rest of his life. Every minute of every day, someone like Noah will need blood; this does not stop over the holiday season.

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Canadian Blood Services said when you donate blood you make holiday joy possible for patients requiring blood and blood products while they receive cancer treatment, require emergency care or undergo life-saving surgery.

Make a resolution to give life now and in the New Year. To book an appointment, locate a clinic, check your eligibility, and more, use the Give Blood App or visit blood.ca.