Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments.
"What happens this time of year, between Christmas and New Year's especially, is that people are out of their regular routines, off work, travelling and our attendance is much lower than we had hoped".
As the temperatures drop, so do blood donations. We get that during the holiday season people are travelling. 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.
Clinics will be held at the Pictou Armouries from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and at Summer Street Industries on Wednesday, Jan. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., as well as Thursday, Jan. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Blood and blood products are a critical part of every day medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease.
While all blood types help patients, Canadian Blood Services says the supply of O-negative blood is in particular demand.
New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins will be accepted, says Canadian Blood Services.