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Even after an urgent call for donors December 18, Canadian Blood Services still needs to fill 18,000 open appointments - 2,600 in Alberta, 940 in Edmonton - to meet supply standards for the period ending January 6. However, more new and returning donors are still needed to help fill 18,000 open appointments.

"People going through cancer treatment use blood on a regular basis, and platelets, a component of blood, only have a shelf life of seven days".

"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give blood", said Rick Prinzen, chief supply chain officer for the CBS.

People interested in giving blood should check the Canadian Blood Services website to determine if they are eligible, and can also book an appointment online.

World food celebrity chefs Cyrus Todiwala and Ching He Huang visiting a blood donation centre in support of the Laila "Rice for Life" campaign.

There are two blood donor clinics happening in Port Alberni Dec. 27-28 at the Italian Hall on 4065 Sixth Ave. But a mobile clinic will be operating in Rocky Mountain House, at Church of the Nazarene, 5340 59th Ave., from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. with 66 open appointments.

The NHS particularly needs black and Asian blood donors to ensure the best match for patients with certain conditions but donation levels usually fall during the winter.

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O-negative blood.

Canadians who are unable to give blood can give financially, and can encourage others in their networks to give blood on their behalf.

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