Canadian Blood Services’ Territory Manager Cherise Louie says clinics are looking to fill six hundred appointments by the end of this month.
She says donations are always low during the holiday season, but bouts of bad weather in the past two weeks have made things worse.
While clinics across the Lower Mainland all suffered, Louie says Kelowna was one of the hardest hit due to the snow.
Louie says the decline in donors because of weather conditions has been a trend across the country.
“For a lot of people, giving blood is part of their annual charitable giving. From now until the end of December is when not a lot of people are thinking to donate blood – but for those who haven’t had a chance to come out we just want them to know… the need for blood is so constant,” she says.
Canadian Blood Services is hoping more people step up.
Vancouver’s Oak Street location has 324 open spots, while the Surrey location at Guildford Town Centre has 190 available appointments until the end of December.
Clinics will be open December 30th and 31st.
You can book your next appointment here.
With Files from Isabella Zavarise