Surrey residents urged to ‘Wrap it Up Red’

SURREY — This holiday season, Canadian Blood Services is inviting all Canadians to show their support for hospital patients and blood donors by participating in its "Wrap It Up Red" campaign.

Across the country, Canadian Blood Services is rallying Canadians to wrap their communities up in red to show their appreciation of donors – and encouraging others to consider donating blood during the holiday season.

Canadians are also invited to get into the action by taking a photo or video of themselves wrapping something up in red, stating why they are supporting Canadian Blood Services this holiday season and sharing it on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube using the hashtag #WrapItUpRed.

Collecting blood during the holiday season can be challenging, as many typical donors are travelling or are busy with family activities.

"However, the need for blood and blood products is constant. Every minute of every day someone in Canada needs blood," stated Canadian Blood Services.

During the holiday season, the Surrey blood donor clinic, at Unit C2 15285 101st Ave., is open on Boxing Day (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 45 open appointments), New Year’s Eve (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 50 open appointments), Friday, Jan. 2 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 48 open appointments) and Saturday, Jan. 3 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 37 open appointments).

The clinic at Ecole Gabrielle School (6887 132nd St. , Newton) is open on Sunday, Jan. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (103 open appointments).To book an appointment "to give someone a gift a life this holiday season," download the GiveBlood App, book an appointment online at Blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

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