"It can be tough during the holiday season to take an hour to give life but donors must continue to answer the call for blood, especially during the weeks of December 25 and January 1".
Major Byron Medlock says kettle donations dropped about 20 percent and raised almost $717,000.
"People in Pictou County are very generous and loyal and we appreciate their support", said MacDonald.
The refugees' offering of their time and blood donations comes at an important time as Canada faces an urgent nationwide need for donors, especially over the Christmas and New Year period due to travel, family activities and changes in routines. When blood is collected, three things are used from it. Plasma is frozen for up to a year, red blood cells can be kept for 42 days and platelets can only be kept for seven days.
The New Liskeard Blood Donor Clinic has 120 spots to fill.
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"We are pleased so many Canadians have stepped up to fill open appointments to give blood and are confident others will join them by year-end or early in the New Year", says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply chain officer.
Anyone that wants to help "Pay it Forward' can visit the United Blood Services' office at 1503 Bertrand drive in Lafayette".
Explaining why they wanted to do the blood drive, with hundreds of refugees reportedly keen to take part sooner or later, he added: "It's a way to affirm, to show how thankful they are about how they've been treated by Canadians".
Canadian Blood Services said just four per cent of the Canadian population is supporting the need of patients across the country.
New and existing donors are welcome and walk-ins will be accepted, says Canadian Blood Services.