AFRS will run blood drive on Dec. 11

Donors needed for the holiday season

Members of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service get out to encourage the community to donate blood.

Members of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service get out to encourage the community to donate blood.

Donors are needed for an upcoming blood drive in Abbotsford.

As part of the Wrap It Up Red holiday campaign, Abbotsford Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) will host a blood drive at Garden Park Towers (101-2825 Clearbrook Rd.) on Dec. 11.

The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AFRS has partnered with Canadian Blood Services’ (CBS) Partners for Life program to continue  donating as a team and hosting blood drives in the community.

CBS says that collecting blood during the holidays can be challenging as many donors are travelling or busy with activities – but the need for blood is constant.

Christmas is a historically slow time for donations, but as blood products are perishable, they only have a certain shelf life.

The blood drive still needs about 80 donors to sign up.

Those who would like to schedule an appointment to donate can do so online www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283), or on mobile by downloading the GiveBlood App.