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Bleed and feed food bank campaign

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

During the month of December, Canadian Blood Services will need 9,750 blood donors across the province while food banks across British Columbia will need enough food to feed 70,000 people.

“The needs of both the blood bank and the food bank are great,” said Ed Yee, director of donor and clinic services for the B.C. & 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.”

Bleed & Feed food collection boxes will be at the front reception desk at all B.C. blood donor clinics from Dec. 1 to 31. Food collected at each clinic will go to that community’s local food bank.

In Kelowna, food collected will be donated to the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

“They’re making it very simple for British Columbians to do two good deeds at once—bleed and feed,” said Don Armstrong, president of Food Banks British Columbia

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.

The Kelowna blood donor clinic is located at 103-1865 Dilworth Dr.

To make an appointment to donate blood, either call 1-888-236-6283 or go online at blood.ca.

 

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