San Diego’s SDCCU Vacation Bowl recreation and parade could also be canceled this yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however one thing else is at play: a meals and blood drive to assist locals in want throughout these powerful occasions.
The SDCCU Vacation Bowl is partnering with Kaiser Everlasting Thursday for a meals and blood drive that may assist help the San Diego Blood Financial institution and Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Meals Financial institution.
The occasion takes place from eight a.m. to 7 p.m. at Grossmont Heart in La Mesa, within the West Courtroom space close to Chuze Health.
Right here’s the way it’ll work:
The Blood Drive
For the blood drive, if you wish to donate blood, you’ll have to make an appointment prematurely, and that may be performed right here. As of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, only some slots had been nonetheless accessible.
Donors should be wholesome, with no signs of COVID-19, to present blood. The San Diego Blood Financial institution mentioned it plans to check all blood donations for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.
“SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the Coronavirus Illness 2019 (COVID-19). If a donation checks constructive, the plasma within the donated blood could also be used to assist hospital sufferers combating COVID-19,” the blood financial institution mentioned.
The San Diego Blood Financial institution is struggling to maintain up with the demand for blood as donations have been down for the reason that pandemic reached the area in mid-March. With faculties and firms unable to carry their traditional blood drives, the group mentioned the necessity for blood has elevated.
The Meals Drive
As for the meals drive, you gained’t want an appointment to donate to that a part of the occasion.
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Meals Financial institution is accepting nonperishable donations for the vacation season on the occasion, together with these “most wanted” gadgets:
- Canned meats and fish
- Canned greens
- Canned fruits
- Jars of peanut butter
- Dried, shelf-stable items like oatmeal, cereals and pastas
Organizers are additionally internet hosting a digital meals drive right here, the place donations can be accepted till Nov. 29. The location helps you to “scan” what you’d wish to donate, or enter a financial quantity for a donation.
After Thursday’s meals drive, the Meals Financial institution mentioned all donations can be delivered to its warehouse, sorted and distributed to locals dealing with meals insecurity all through San Diego County, together with those that have been hit laborious by COVID-19 pandemic. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Meals Financial institution continues to run its 200 meals distribution websites all through San Diego County throughout the coronavirus disaster.
Earlier than the pandemic, the Meals Financial institution helped 350,000 folks in San Diego every month. Since mid-March – as a result of unemployment and COVID’s impression on the native economic system – the Meals Financial institution mentioned it has been feeding 600,000 folks in San Diego month-to-month.
The group mentioned it distributed 37 million kilos of meals to San Diegans affected by the pandemic from mid-March by means of the top of October.
Easy methods to Assist
For extra data on Thursday’s meals and blood drive, click on right here.
To study extra on methods to donate to the Jacobs & Cushman Meals Financial institution, click on right here.
And for data on the San Diego Blood Financial institution and methods to assist that group, click on right here.
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