The Peninsula branch of the Blood Bank of Alaska held the first blood drive of the new-year at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on K-Beach Rd. last week. The event was the first "double hitter" for the local Blood Bank and according to manager Rita Wydra is going to be an annual event.
"The idea was to get donors to come by here to give the gift of life, and bring a food item along to donate for the Food Bank at the same time," said Wydra. One donor, local Lions Club president, Tim Musgrove, donated some prize wild game meat. Adamas Jewelry donated an earring and pendant set as a door prize, and a gift basket from the Food Bank was also given away. The lucky donors were Kirsten Peak and Meg Span.
"The drive went really well. We didn't have quite as many people turn out as we had hoped, nor as many contributions, but this our first drive at the Food Bank and it's going to be an annual event, so we're looking forward to having more folks come by to show their support at the next drive," said Wydra. Peggy Moore, executive director of the Food Bank, was encouraged by the new event, "This has been a wonderful opportunity for us, we ask for people in our community to help the needy with food, and this is another way that those who come to the Food Bank can help those in need also," said Moore.
The Food Bank is also promoting their traditional 0-K Non Run marathon during the Peninsula Winter Games, and the week before the Village Fair this spring the Food Bank will be sponsoring another "Can-struction" competition. A can-struction is a sculpture built out of non-perishable foods by individuals, groups, business, or civic organizations. The edible structures will be judged and awarded prizes at the annual Village Fair. For details on either event call the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank at 262-3111.
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