Second annual Bleed and Feed in Mission

The Bleed and Feed program runs the entire month of December; next blood donation clinic happens Dec. 19

Accomplish two good deeds at once this holiday season by donating a non-perishable food item for the St. Joseph Food Bank while giving blood to the donor clinic.

The “Bleed and Feed” food collection boxes will be at the front reception desk at all B.C. blood donor clinics from Dec. 1-31, with donations going to the local food bank.

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) has estimated for the month of December it will need 9,750 blood donors across the province, while Food Banks British Columbia will need enough food for 70,000 people.

“The needs of both the blood bank and the food bank are great,” says Ed Yee, director of Donor and Clinic Services for the B.C. and Yukon region of CBS. “But by rallying together, British Columbians can help fill up both of these banks at blood donor clinics across the province this December.”

This is the second year in a row CBS is partnering with FBBC.

Blood is needed, not only 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.

There are still many donation appointments available at the Mission clinic, at Cedar Valley Mennonite Church, 32840 Janzen Ave., from 2-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.

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 visit www.blood.ca or www.foodbanksbc.ca.