During the October food gathering campaign, the Clark Neighbors Food Project (also known as the Green Bag Food Project) exceeded the 104,261 pounds of nonperishable food collected since its inception in July 2017.
More than 86,000 meals have been provided to neighboring Clark County who are hungry for it. Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, all non-profit volunteers are implementing safety measures to keep volunteers and food donors safe and continue to expand the base of volunteers and donors to serve more hungry families in the future.
“There is already a great need for food in our community, especially with the economic impact of COVID-19,” Clark Food Project Council President Debbie Nelson said in a press release. “Apart from hunger for food, we also see a real hunger for positive and pleasant relationships with neighbors. Green Bag Food Projects bring people together, strengthen communities, and share food… one Green Bag at a time. “
The project provides a year-round, sustainable food supply to seven food pantries in Clark County: FISH Westside Food Pantry of Vancouver, Neighping Helping Neighbor in Ridgefield, East Vancouver Community Church Food Pantry, SixEight Food Pantry, FISH or Orchards, North County Community Food Bank at the Battle Ground and Inter-Faith Treasure House in Camas-Washougal.
San Diego has long been a major Olympic city. Now we will host another type of game that might be more inspiring.
From July 29 to August 3, 2022, UC San Diego will host a Donate Life Transplant Games. Just like the Olympics, this event features several competitions (20 sporting events) spread over several days. In contrast to international sports shows, each competitor has received or donated organs.
San Diego won the offer thanks to a strong push from the San Diego County Holiday Bowl Credit Union.
“We are happy that we won the bid to host the Olympics in San Diego. This will be a good opportunity for the tourism industry, of course, “said Holiday Bowl CEO Mark Neville.
They expect 10,000 to 12,000 people to come to San Diego to attend the Olympics, a good boost for the local tourism industry struggling during the corona virus pandemic.
But there is more to it.
“Maybe even more important is a good opportunity for those looking for organ and tissue donations,” said Neville, who is eager to bring the event to America’s Best Cities.
He actually has the ability to compete in it.
“I donated a kidney last year in March,” Neville said. He had donated bone marrow to a boy 15 years ago but at the time did not know who was the recipient. This contribution is different.
“That is my friend who happens to suit me.”
Tasha Herrera is the caregiver of the Neville family. At the age of 26 he found his kidney failed.
“I did not know anything about it until there was a post on Facebook that he was on the transplant waiting list and needed a living donor because the doctor told him that he might not survive the waiting list,” Neville said.
So Mark went to Houston, where his kidney gave Tasha a new chance in life. Today they are healthy and happy.
Holiday Bowl has been looking for ways to expand voluntary efforts so that the way the stars are only aligned.
“I told him, if it wasn’t for you, I didn’t know that this match would come to San Diego,” Neville said. “That was one of the best moments of my life. I hope to do it again. I know that most people who make kidney donations hope they can do it again. I can’t, but that’s why I really want to spread the word that there is a need out there for that. “
The Life Transplant Foundation says there are 110,000 people in the United States waiting for organ transplants, with 22,000 in California. Having a Transplant Game in San Diego will help spread the word and hopefully save as many of their lives as possible.
This event will take several volunteers to be placed but the process has not yet officially begun. Anyone who is interested in helping with Games can send an email to the Holiday Bowl office at [email protected]
If you want more information about becoming a living kidney donor like Mark, visit www.kidneyregistry.org to learn all about the process.
Khloe Kardashian has chosen Tristan Thompson as a sperm donor.
The 35-year-old reality TV star froze the embryo to potentially have a second baby, and the basketball star – with whom she has a two-year-old daughter True – will help in the process, even though she has doubts about her involvement.
In the final episode of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’, Khloe shared: “I might be able to freeze 25 eggs, but that doesn’t mean that any of them will end up healthy.
“The only way to have knowledge that you have strong embryos is if you mix eggs and sperm together – and if you are going through this process, you want to get past it with the best guarantee that it will be successful at the end of the day.
“What if you are 40 and you want to thaw your eggs and make embryos and they tell you, ‘Ah! Well, all your eggs are ugly!’ It’s like tug of war and I don’t know what to do. “
Khloe discussed this issue – and the identity of its donors – with his sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.
He said: “I’ve been doing hormone injections for about five days and the injection process is fine. I don’t know why, I like, ‘Oh, okay, it’s not that bad.’
“I have a sperm donor. Yes, Tristan.”
However, the TV star admitted the scenario was “strange” because she and Tristan were no longer together.
Speaking to his sister, he explained: “He had to sign, like, a legal document that he would only be my sperm donor.
“But you never know. What if, in three years, I married someone and I said, ‘You know, I don’t want that.'”
The 29-year-old sportsman – who separated from Khloe after he kissed the Jordyn Woods model – promised to support his ex-girlfriend through the process.
He told him: “I am open to doing that and come down to do that.
“In the end, I want anything that will make you feel comfortable and also make you feel the safest and everything, that’s what I do with … so however I can help.
“When I come out in the summer I can do it and we can go from there.”
Khloe also hinted they could reignite their romance in the future.
He said: “I don’t know what the future holds for Tristan and me, but I really think I would feel much better knowing I have five embryos in the freezer somewhere.”
Wanted: Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and are willing to donate their plasma.
A few days after it was reported that the Mayo Clinic was leading a national trial to use donated plasma as a treatment for those suffering from rapid and sometimes deadly respiratory disease, Dr. Michael Joyner, Mayo’s doctor who led the program, called it “hope, a reasonable strategy” to combat this pandemic.
“This has been successful in the past with other infectious diseases,” he said. “But the most important thing is for people who are recovering from a confirmed COVID-19 case to contact their provider or local blood collection center.”
Joyner said the goal of plasma therapy is to prevent sick people from ending up in the ICU or to speed up patients in the ICU, thereby reducing pressure on the health care system.
The cooperative effort involved 40 institutions in 20 countries, with Mayo leading the project.
“Our main goal over the next few weeks is to increase shipments of this product throughout the country,” Joyner said in a conference call with regional media and the government.
Joyner suggested that the speed involved in bringing the trial together was not unusual. Which usually takes 18 months to prepare for trial has taken 18 days.
This task is being handled with a sense of urgency because of the nature of the infectious virus. Minnesota health officials reported on Monday that 51 more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to just 1,000. Of those who tested positive, 470 did not need to be isolated anymore.
But this effort is also being strengthened by “promising” case reports emerging from China, as well as hopeful anecdotal evidence from hospitals in New York and Houston.
Joyner said the challenge would not spark interest in the effort. He estimates that there will be many former COVID-19 patients who are willing to become donors.
The challenge is to identify the donors, get them scheduled to donate, and make “a rolling ball so we have a supply of this product to treat patients,” he said.
“The big obstacle is not interest in the project,” he added. “The big obstacle is (the process) for potential donors.”
Joyner was asked how therapy could contribute to returning people’s lives to their normal state.
He compared it to the 1957 flu epidemic, which reportedly caused 1 million to 2 million deaths worldwide. The epidemic has two waves. This pandemic is likely to have a second wave, but it’s not as bad as it is now. Plasma therapy will help fight the current end of the wave and “very helpful” in the second case.
“This disease will miraculously not disappear in the near future,” he said. “There will still be sporadic outbreaks in cases until there is a vaccine.”