D-H’s Blood Donor Program “Thanks for Giving” a Big Success
The Upper Valley Haven received a donation of 207 turkeys from D-H for their annual Turkey Day event on November 23, 2019.
The donations came from the D-H Blood Donor Program’s "Thanks for Giving" campaign. D-H pledged to donate a turkey to the Haven for every blood, plasma or platelet donation between October 1 and November 15.
Denee MacKenzie, blood donor specialist at D-H, had the idea for encouraging blood donations by setting up the initiative. “When I learned about the Haven’s Turkey Day event for the community, I thought it was a natural way to support this great organization, while helping to ensure that there is blood on the shelf for every patient who needs a transfusion. I had originally hoped we would be able to donate 100 turkeys. I am thrilled that we reached over 200,” says MacKenzie.
In addition to donating turkeys, collected such as stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy from 20 departments across the hospital. On November 15, MacKenzie delivered a full carload of these items to the Haven and the donation weighed in at 821 pounds of food.
Turkey Day at the Haven is an annual event that serves the Upper Valley community. The Haven served 850 households this year. Each household received a turkey, sides (potatoes, squash, carrots, onions, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix and gravy mix) and dessert at no charge. In addition, the Good Neighbor Health Clinic provided flu shots for individuals and families who attended Turkey Day.
Turkey Day is made possible by the generosity of many donors, volunteers and staff. “We’re pleased that so many people and organizations in the Upper Valley join with the Haven to make Thanksgiving a special day for hundreds of our friends and neighbors. D-H is a great partner of ours. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are for Denee’s initiative and the response of D-H and the Upper Valley community,” says Haven Executive Director Michael Redmond.
“These items really helped to make our Turkey Day special for hundreds of Upper Valley families. I can’t tell you how much this means to us,” says Lori Wick, food shelf manager at the Haven.
“Not only is the Blood Donor Program able to help patients with life-saving blood products at D-H, but by partnering with the Upper Valley Haven, we are also able to be a part of building a happy, healthy and sustainable community. I have coordinated a few food drives over the years, but nothing compares to this. I am so incredibly grateful to be part of such a generous community,” adds MacKenzie.