Blood services sets 960-unit goal

Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer wants people to know they can make holiday miracles come true by donating blood this month.

Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer wants people to know they can make holiday miracles come true by donating blood this month.

“Our goal for December is 960 units of blood. Last year, we did almost 1,000,” Kaelyn Smith, Canadian Blood Services spokesperson, said on Monday.

“Today should be fairly busy. We’re seeing a lot of companies come in.”

Smith said the need for blood never goes away, but the supply dwindles in December because people get busy with Christmas activities and family events.

Blood donation can be a way for people to give back during the season, she said.

“If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, it’s a great one. You can get it started in December. It’s one hour of your time every eight weeks. It’s not asking a lot but the impact is huge.”

The Hurlburt family of Red Deer has partnered with Canadian Blood Services to raise awareness for the annual blood drive campaign in memory of their son Joshua.

“Dec. 1 would have been his 30th birthday so we just thought this was one way of celebrating and remembering him,” said Janet Hurlburt before she donated blood on Monday.

Joshua Hurlburt, 27, had a rare blood disorder, chronic granulomatous disease, and had 88 blood transfusions. He died in April 2010.

For more information on blood donation or to make an appointment to donate call 1-888-236-6283.

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