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Canadian Blood Services reports an urgent need for blood donations - and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is urging Islanders to roll up their sleeves now.

CBS is calling on eligible donors to help fill 35,000 appointments by January 6 to ensure that Canadian patients continue to have access to the blood and blood products they need over the holidays.

"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.

Blood donors are urgently needed, says Canadian Blood Services (CBS).

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. Their "Pay it Forward" blood-drive is collecting donations all month for this cause.

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United Blood Services strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type at all times. Patients with serious bleeding or those undergoing cancer treatments rely on platelet donations, but with a shelf life of only seven days, the need for platelets is pressing and ongoing.

The giving of gifts over the holiday season can result in the giving of life getting lost in the shuffle. The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood.

A part-time student at the University of Alberta, Valdez said he walked by the clinic at 8249 114th St. and saw a sign urging people to donate blood.

When you donate you sit back in a comfy chair and let the staff do their job. All blood types are needed, however, donations from donors with O-negative type blood is in high demand.