SEATTLE, April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 28th, Northwest Harvest will host Bloodworks Northwest for a blood drive with a twist. Volunteers working to sort food at the 90,000 square foot facility are invited to double their commitment to the community by giving blood. Staff and friends at the warehouse will also participate.
"The health of the community is up to each of us," noted Gayle Johnson, Director of Community Engagement at Northwest Harvest. "Washington is our home. Our volunteers are committed to their friends and neighbors. Ensuring that everyone has life-saving food and, when they need it, life-saving blood, is evidence of a real commitment to community."
"Teaming up with Northwest Harvest was a no-brainer for us," says Larry Shaw, senior program manager for donor and volunteer engagement. "Like Bloodworks, they empower people to aid and strengthen our community. We see this blood drive as the start of a partnership that can improve everyone's health and safety."
"The relationship just clicked – we both focus on the welfare of our community, and on helping those with a specific and timely need. And we both have offices on First Hill, a neighborhood committed to the health of the community," said Jesse Swingle, Communications Manager.
Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 10am – 4pm (Closed 12pm – 1pm)
Where: Northwest Harvest Kent Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
Visuals: Media is invited to join the organizations in celebrating their new partnership. Visuals include volunteers and staff sorting food in the warehouse and giving blood at the mobile blood bank.
Northwest Harvest is Washington's home-grown food bank distributor. Each month, Northwest Harvest provides more than two million nutritious meals and supports a statewide network of more than 380 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools, focusing on stable, nutritious, culturally-sensitive foods critical to body and mind. Throughout its 50 years, Northwest Harvest has grown from a project of local activists to its position today as the leader in fighting hunger in Washington State. For Northwest Harvest, its 50th anniversary is a time for reflection and a call to an ever more efficient, inspiring and impactful future.
Bloodworks Northwest: Formerly Puget Sound Blood Center, Bloodworks is backed by more than 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors. A national leader in transfusion medicine, Bloodworks has been chosen to serve more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska – partnering closely with local hospitals to deliver the highest level of patient care. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research. We are local, nonprofit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based. For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org.
Jesse Swingle, Communications Manager
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SOURCE Northwest Harvest