Australia's Red Cross Lifeblood is calling on Dubbo blood donors to participate in the nations biggest 'Secret Santa' exchange this Christmas season.
More than 170 blood donors' contributions are needed between December 16 and January 6 in order to prevent blood stocks from dropping below sustainable levels, according to spokesperson Harry Ahmed.
"176 donors are needed to prevent a possible shortage of blood stocks vital to the treatment of cancer patients," Mr Ahmed said.
"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."
Mr Ahmed went on to say that platelets, used in treatments vital to the health of cancer patients, would be in particularly high demand across the holiday season and donations would be needed.
"It takes four blood donations to make just one bag of platelets for patients and they only last for five days so donors are constantly needed to ensure cancer patients get this vital product," Mr Ahmed said.
"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 Dubbo locals to take part in Australia's Biggest Secret Santa exchange by making an appointment to give blood between December 16 and January 6."