Blood Drive Helps Benefit Hungry Children
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- It's being called a "win-win-win" as our local blood supply is being replenished, medical professionals are being honored and much needed assistance is being provided to the Kids Aid backpack program.
All day on Thursday, if donate blood at Saint Mary's Regional Blood Center, $20 will be donated to Kid's Aid, a special service that provides food to School District 51 students in need.
“We just need a little bit of boost to get us through the year,” said Mike Berry, executive director of Kids Aid. “We'll be providing food to kids through the end of May.”
Mesa County Medical Society is the ones donating the funds to these students.
“Obviously the more involvement we get from people from groups like the medical alliance here in the Grand Valley, the better the Kids Aid can operate and the more financially secure we become,” said Berry.
The council plans their unique blood drive every year with Doctor's Day so they can also honor medical professionals.
Last year, they had a very successful turn out with 89 people showing up to benefit the teen homeless shelter, The House.
“In a small community, everything really matters,” said Kimberly Langston, of the Mesa County Medical Society Alliance. “So for the Mesa County Medical Society Alliance to partner with organizations like Kids Aid, The House, and Western Slope Center for Children, those are the organizations that really rely on us to support them.”
With a mission to help the well being of the community, members of Kids Aid are pleased to partner with this medical council.
“The medical alliance has been a good friend to Kids Aid for a few years now, and it's just nice to keep that relationship going,” said Berry.
And keep lives of many going as well, since every person who donates blood saves four people's lives.
The blood drive will last until 5 p.m. on Thursday. St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center is located at 750 Wellington Avenue in Grand Junction. Use entrance 22.