Your blood will save a life this Christmas
CHRISTMAS is a time for giving, and there is a particular group of people whose lives will depend on the generosity of others.
Ipswich needs more than 120 blood donations between Christmas and New Year in order to prevent a shortage of blood products that are vital to the treatment of cancer patients.
The city's donors are among the millions of busy Australians taking time for Christmas shopping and holidays, leading to a worrying drop in donor numbers.
The Red Cross says the worst days for blood shortages are December 19, 20, 29, and 31.
Platelets are one of the blood products vital for cancer treatment, but only have a shelf-life of a few days, meaning cancer patients need a constant supply.
Blood Service spokeswomen Amanda Sims said the national Christmas Blood Blitz was aiming to help fill the more than 120 appointments at Ipswich Donor Centre still needed between December 19 and January 7.
"Thousands of Australian patients will need blood this Christmas and New Year just to have the hope of spending those moments with friends and family,” Ms Sims said.
"Cancer patients are the biggest users of donated blood and rely on platelets to make it through chemotherapy.
Make an appointment to give at Ipswich Donor Centre by calling 13 14 95 or visiting www.donateblood.com.au.