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Give a gift that won’t cost you a dime

Amid all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is asking the public to honour the true spirit of the season by making a donation.

But unlike most charity events, they aren’t asking donors to open their wallets.

If a child were to look you in the eye and ask if miracles exist, what would you say? The answer might prove difficult if that child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, like 10-year-old Grace Hart, whose battle with diamond-blackfan anemia means that she needs regular blood transfusions to survive. In fact, she receives a blood transfusion every 21 days.

As Canadian Blood Services launches its annual Holiday Miracle campaign, from now until Jan. 4, patients like Grace are looking for holiday miracles.

CBS is asking Canadians to give patients a holiday miracle in the form of blood donations. Over 75,000 blood donations are needed for hospital patients from coast to coast during the campaign.

In Stoney Creek, donors can contribute at two upcoming clinics. The first sesssion is located at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 934 Hwy. 8 on Monday, Dec. 16, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

A second clinic will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 1-7 p.m. at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School at 127 Gray Rd.

To become a patient’s holiday miracle, Call 1-888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-283) or go online at www.blood.ca to book an appointment to donate blood.

Share your holiday miracle story on Canadian Blood Services’ Facebook page: Canadian Blood Services Southern Ontario and on Twitter, hashtag giveamiracle.

Have your company or organization adopt a recipient and as a group, make the number of donations that one anonymous person will need.

For example, it can take eight donations a week to treat one person with Leukemia. Rally eight of your friends and colleagues to make a group donation.

Canadian Blood Services wants to assure patients that miracles do exist.

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