He didn't realize how cold it was outside until he got ready to leave for the blood donation.
"If donating blood is something you have considered over time, what better time than now - turn your good intentions into actions as New Year's resolution", he said, adding if it works out for them, they can continue on doing it for years to come.
With the holidays underway, the United Blood Services is working diligently to ensure blood supply remains strong approaching the New Year. The response was huge, with hundreds of refugees wanting to give blood.
"I have people calling me all the time, wanting to donate".
The refugees said it was their aim to "show appreciation and devotion to Canada and the Canadian people" and Canadian Blood Services is opening its Eau Claire Market clinic on 1 January so they can do so.
"They're giving back to the community, they're saving lives and giving the gift of life".
Many southern Albertans are enjoying some down time this season, but Canadian Blood Services wants to remind prospective donors that the demand for blood never takes a break.
A New Liskeard Blood Donor Clinic will be open Thursday, December 28, from 2 p.m.to 7 p.m. and Friday, December 29, from 12 to 3 p.m.at Riverside Place in New Liskeard.
Canadian Blood Services said just four per cent of the Canadian population is supporting the need of patients across the country.
When the donation of blood is finished, you are asked to rest for five minutes in the chair before heading to the refreshment area where you can relax for 15 minutes with a complimentary cool drink and sweet snack. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency situation can all receive O-negative blood.