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Today, people in the community came out to the Arrowhead Shopping Center to fill a big need in the community the need for blood donations.

United Blood Service technicians say there is a big push for donations this time of year with the increase in travel and chances of accidents.

While all types of blood are accepted, one type in particular is most useful this time of year.

"Currently we're asking type O's to come out and donate red cells," says donor care specialist Mathew Wiese. "It's very important that we get that. It's one of the most transfused blood types. It's also one of the most common. And it's, it's really important that we have that on the shelf, especially during this holiday season."

"I have a grandfather that had a form of leukemia who has had blood transfusions," says Kayla Dressler, who donated today. "So, he's benefited from, from donations in the past."

United Blood Service says that today's drive was a success, as roughly 30 people came in to donate, including several first-timers.

United Blood Service will be holding a blood drive in Belcourt on Monday December 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Turtle Mountain Transit Building. There will also be a drive at the Wellington Assisted Living on Friday January 3 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m.

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