The holiday spirit was alive and well at the Badlands Community Facility on Jan. 2. After a disappointing blood drive in October, the January clinic saw a fantastic turn-out from Drumheller residents.

Lisa Castro is a Community Development Coordinator for Canadian Blood Services.

"We actually welcomed 165 donors through the doors on Jan. 2, and we collected 127 per cent of our collection target," she said. "So, we brought in 152 actual units of blood for our hospital patients."

Castro pointed out that new donors are always needed because Canadian Blood Services can't rely on the same donors time and time again.

"The demand for blood never stops -- cancer patients, accident victims and people with blood disorders rely on blood transfusions every day. And so, every donation is important. We ask that donors continue to book their appointments as soon as they can and, even more importantly, to keep them."

The next blood clinic is scheduled for April 24.

"You're able to donate every 84 days if you're a woman and every 56 as a male," explained Castro. "So, we try to align with those dates so that people can be on a regular rotation in Drumheller."

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