BENDIGO residents have been urged to continue the giving spirit into 2021 by booking appointments to donate blood in the new year.
Lifeblood spokesperson Shae Burns thanked the community for strong support this year, but urged residents to continue to give into January.
Ms Burns said the Bendigo clinic was looking good for appointments this week, but still had some slots available.
She said blood had a shelf life, so the need for regular donations was ongoing.
Ms Burns thanked everyone who had already booked a life-giving donation during the Christmas period, but said the need continued as another long weekend approached.
She said 70 more blood and plasma donors were needed in Bendigo for the first week of January.
"Blood helps so many different people, from cancer patients to newborn babies to burn victims," she said.
"You never know who or when someone's going to need it, it could be yourself, it could be a loved one.
"We all expect it to be there, but it's only going to be there if people are generous enough to donate blood and plasma regularly."
Find out more at: lifeblood.com.au
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