Bleed and Feed for good deed

Do two good deeds at once by donating a non-perishable food item when donating blood at Vernon blood donor clinics this holiday season.

Do two good deeds at once by donating a non-perishable food item when donating blood at Vernon blood donor clinics this holiday season.

In December, Canadian Blood Services will need 9,750 blood donors to give blood at clinics across the province, and Food Banks British Columbia will need enough food to feed 70,000 people.

“The needs of both the blood bank and the food bank are great,” says Ed Yee, Director of Donor & Clinic Services for the B.C. and Yukon region of Canadian Blood Services.

“But by rallying together, British Columbians can help fill up both of these banks at blood donor clinics across the province this December.”

Bleed and Feed food collection boxes will be at the front reception desk at all B.C. blood donor clinics until Dec. 31.

Food collected at each clinic will go to that community’s local food bank.

In Vernon, food collected will be donated to the Vernon Salvation Army.

“We’re thrilled that Canadian Blood Services is partnering with us for a second year in a row,” says Don Armstrong, president of Food Banks British Columbia.

“By acting as a food drop-off location, they’re making it very simple for British Columbians to do two good deeds at once – bleed and feed.”

Blood is not only needed for trauma victims over the holiday season, but for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments, cardiac surgeries and organ transplants – procedures that all routinely take place around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Donation appointments are still available at Vernon blood donor clinics, which take place at Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Dr., on Dec. 21 from 1 to 6 p.m., Dec. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Dec. 23 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Donors can book appointments to give blood in one of two ways – by calling 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or by booking online at blood.ca.

For more information on Canadian Blood Services, visit www.blood.ca

To learn more about your local food bank, visit www.foodbanksbc.ca.