Every three weeks, a Brunswick woman receives a blood transfusion that could save her life.
Gloria Young has an immune deficiency — and without the transfusions she could die from an infection such as pneumonia or golden staph.
Her life, and those of many like her, can only be saved through the generosity of blood donors.
This Christmas and New Year, Bunbury Blood Donor Centre needs more than 600 people to hold out their arms to secure blood stocks.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service spokesman Shaun Inguanzo said any blood stocks collected on Friday before the Christmas long weekend will be expired or depleted by Boxing Day.
“With two public holidays and a weekend, it is vital South West donors make an appointment to give blood in the days immediately after Boxing Day to help replenish platelet stocks,” he said.
“Every donation helps to save as many as three lives, and Christmas is the perfect time to give back to the community.”
Mr Inguanzo said for many people, the perfect Christmas gift would be receiving a stranger’s donated blood to save their life.
Mrs Young called on the region’s young people to step up to the plate.
“There are so many people out there who need it and so many young people who can give it,” she said.
“Until they are involved in a bad accident they don’t realise how necessary it is, especially at this time of year when there are so many accidents.
“If there weren’t people giving blood for me, I would have died.”
To make an appointment call 131 495 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.