The need for blood is constant and all blood components have a limited shelf life, which is why donations are needed every day. Blood and blood treatments are delivered to hospitals around Australia 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on Christmas Day.
Australia needs over 26,000 blood donations every week to save lives and meet the need of patients.
Donations made in December can help patients recover to be home for Christmas or the New Year. Certainly gives a new meaning to Christmas savings doesn't it when you think that a gift like giving blood can save so many lives. I hope you and your loved ones don't need the Red Cross Blood Service over Christmas and New Year but that you will consider giving blood for others who will if you can. You just never know who you might be saving.