Canadian Blood Services’ annual Bleed and Feed campaign is back for the third year 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 before Jan. 2 and bringing in non-perishable food items for local food banks to help alleviate the hunger felt by nearly 100,000 people.
Nanaimo blood donor clinics takes place at Beban Park Social Centre Dec. 18-20, and support Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank.
Clinic hours are 1-8 p.m. Dec. 18, and noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 19-20.
“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, 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 1-888 236-6283.
Donated food items will be collected in specially marked Bleed and Feed food boxes located in the front waiting area of the clinic.
“Unfortunately, the need for blood never takes a holiday and neither does hunger,” said Ed Yee, of the B.C. and Yukon region of Canadian Blood Services. “Many families will be celebrating the holidays in hospital this year, while others struggle to have a meal. We hope to rally B.C. residents together and make the season brighter for more local families in need.”