Helping others one blood bag at a time

Mr Alan Chan, chief executive officer of Singapore Press Holdings, said the company's blood donation drives are specifically held before festive seasons to help maintain the blood supply.

He said: "We have noticed that the blood bank typically runs low during festive periods."

Mr Ken Low, UFM 100.3 presenter, who was giving his blood for the ninth time, said: "This is the least I can do for the community. It is very easy to give and you don't lose anything by donating blood.

"It is very natural, and even helps keep you healthy by making your body produce newer blood."

Mr Mohit Kumar, 22, a permanent resident from India who is serving national service, donated blood for the first time in Singapore yesterday.

He said: "I thought I should give back to the community here, and this is one of the ways in which I can do that.

"I want to help save lives here in Singapore too."