Blood clinics help Vernon food bank

Canadian Blood Services’ annual Bleed and Feed is back for the third year in a row ...

Canadian Blood Services’ annual Bleed and Feed is back for the third year in a row with the goal of fulfilling 14,000 holiday miracles for B.C. and Yukon residents.

The program, in partnership with Food Banks B.C., is counting on B.C. residents to become miracle workers by making more than 14,000 blood donations between now and Jan. 2, and bringing in non-perishable food items for local food banks to help alleviate the hunger felt by nearly 100,000 people.

“We’re so pleased our member food banks across B.C. can partner again with Canadian Blood Services in this unique and collaborative initiative,” said Laura Lansink, executive director of Food Banks B.C.

“It’s a win-win proposition for people who want to help fulfil not one but two miracles in their community this holiday season.”

B.C. residents can book a donation appointment by visiting blood.ca or calling 1-888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Donated food items will be collected until Dec. 31 in specially marked Bleed and Feed food collection boxes located in the front waiting area of blood donor clinics across the province.

Food collected in Vernon will be donated to the Vernon Food Bank.

Upcoming clinics in Vernon will be at Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Drive, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20 and 21, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

“Unfortunately, the need for blood never takes a holiday and neither does hunger,” said Ed Yee, director of donor and cinic services for the B.C. region of Canadian Blood Services.