Monday, July 25, 2016

GIVEfest Summertime Blood + Food Drive




Summertime Blood + Food Drive
 Tuesday, August 30, 2015 
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
 RI Community Food Bank Parking Lot 
200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI

Rhode Island PBS, the Rhode Island Blood Center, and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank are proud to partner to create this special summertime giving opportunity - GIVEfest - to enable us all to better serve the community. 

With two ways to give, please come donate a pint of blood and bring a non-perishable food item. And even if you can't give blood, your food donation is most welcome! 

Your non-perishable food item helps feed more than 60,000 Rhode Islanders who visit various food pantries across the state every month. Your gift of a food item will help the Food Bank reach their Summer Food Drive goal to collect 150,000 pounds of food by August 31.

The Rhode Island Blood Center has supplied hospitals and patients in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut with lifesaving blood components for more than three decades. Over the past 37 years, much has changed in blood banking and transfusion medicine, but the fundamental concept of volunteer blood donors providing the gift of life for patients in need is as important as ever. The need does become more acute during the summer when regular donors - including college students - are away on vacation.

Food bank staff will offer tours of the facility - see the great stories behind the scenes. Rhode Island PBS will also have a token of thanks for each donor.

As an added thank you, the first 20 donors of blood or food (or both) receive a complimentary bag of Bellicchi's Best Biscotti.

And since GIVEfest spans the lunch hour, look for bright blue Noble Knots food truck nearby, selling their signature gourmet sandwiches served on artisan pretzel rolls.


The Fine Print:
* Blood donors must be at least 16 years old
* Parental consent is required for blood donors age 16
* Minimum weight for donors 17 years and older is 110 lbs
  Minimum weight for 16 year olds is 130 lbs
* Photo ID required for ALL blood donors
* For questions about eligibility or medical requirements, please call Rhode Island Blood
  Center nurse's confidential line at (401)-453-8307