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.

Just Posted

Men posing as repo men attempt to steal vehicle in Red Deer County

Two men attempted to steal a utility vehicle from a Red Deer… Continue reading

Red Deerian spreads kindness with one card at a time

One Red Deerian wants to combat bullying by spreading kindness in the… Continue reading

Bowden baby in need of surgery

“Help for Alexis” Go Fund Me account

PHOTO: First Rider bus safety in Red Deer

Central Alberta students learned bus safety in the Notre Dame High School… Continue reading

WATCH: Annual Family Picnic at Central Spray and Play

Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. held the Annual Family Picnic at the… Continue reading

Woman has finger ripped off at West Edmonton Mall waterslide

SASKATOON — A Saskatchewan woman says she lost a finger after her… Continue reading

Uncertainty looms over Canada’s cannabis tourism, but ambitions are high

TORONTO — Longtime marijuana advocate Neev Tapiero is ready for the cannabis-driven… Continue reading

Feds mulling safeguards to prevent ‘surge’ of cheap steel imports into Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government extended an olive branch of sorts to… Continue reading

Ontario govt caps off summer session by passing bill to cut Toronto council size

TORONTO — The Ontario government passed a controversial bill to slash the… Continue reading

Updated:Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

MILAN — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of… Continue reading

Saudi Arabia spat affecting Canadians embarking on hajj, community members say

TORONTO — Members of Canada’s Muslim community say recent tensions between Ottawa… Continue reading

Tug carrying up to 22,000 litres of fuel capsizes in Fraser River off Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The smell of diesel filled the air as crews worked… Continue reading

Nebraska executes first inmate using fentanyl

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month