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Blood donations help fill pantries

VBS Triple GivingBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Holiday giving programs sponsored by Virginia Blood Services allowed blood donors to not only help those in need of blood, but also those in need of meals during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Through its “Triple Your Giving” campaign, VBS and blood donors contributed over $3,000 to the Roanoke-based Feeding America program, which serves a 26-county, 10-city area, including Pulaski County.

VBS donated $500, which will provide more than 1,500 meals to area residents in need. It also contributed $1 for each unit of blood collected during the campaign, resulting in a total contribution of $3,573.

As a third way to give back to the community, the VBS campaign encouraged blood donors to bring non-perishable food items to blood drives. This food was contributed to Feeding America for distribution to food pantries in the agency’s service area.

Feeding America, formerly known as Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank, has several partner agencies in Pulaski County. According to its website, these agencies include Pulaski Daily Bread, Beans and Rice Inc., Heritage Cares, French’s Chapel, Abundant Life, New Life Tabernacle, Jordan’s Chapel United Methodist Church and The Refreshing Center.