Fancy taking part in a Secret Santa that could save someone’s life?
More than 400 Wagga blood donors are needed for what is being billed as Australia’s Biggest Secret Santa exchange this December in order to prevent a shortage of blood stocks vital to the treatment of cancer patients.
The Wagga Donor Centre is looking for people to make an appointment to give blood between now and Wednesday, January 2.
Donors who give blood this December will receive a text message to let them know where their Secret Santa gift was sent and a festive tag to give to a loved one.
Blood Service spokesperson Cathy Chapman has urged people to give blood, saying it was the most important Secret Santa they will ever do.
“If Secret Santa is about giving anonymous gifts, designed to make someone’s day, then blood donation really is Australia’s ultimate Secret Santa exchange,” she said.
“Blood will be needed by road accident patients, pregnant mums, cancer patients and even premature babies every day this Christmas and New Year.
“With many people taking time off this holiday season we need those who can to step up and be a life- changing Secret Santa to Australian patients in need, ensuring no one misses out on receiving this incredible gift.”
Ms Chapman said stocks of blood vital to the treatment of cancer patients were particularly at risk during the Christmas period.
“Your blood donation will be the ultimate gift to Australian patients this Christmas – and will have a far reaching impact on the lives you save, and the lives of their loved ones.
“So this Christmas we’re urging Wagga locals to take part in Australia’s Biggest Secret Santa exchange by making an appointment to give blood.”
To make an appointment to give blood or find out more about Australia’s Biggest Secret Santa, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.