In partnership with the Philippine Blood Center, SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) recently conducted a bloodletting activity at SM City San Jose del Monte. Employees from SM, its affiliates, tenants, and shoppers participated the blood donation in the hope to save lives through this little act of heroism.
Ms. Romalyn Ordoñez, an SM employee and a regular participant of the program said that her family once experienced the need of a blood donor. “I saw its importance, and I know I have something to give, so why not donate if I am fully aware that I am qualified?” she explains. “Besides, I want to encourage others to do the same, I believe there are a lot of people who can donate, maybe they’re just not aware of its significance, yet” she said.
Another is Mr. Joseph Guela, a customer and a first time blood donor recognized the importance of bloodletting when his grandmother once needed it but wasn’t able to donate. “Now that I am able to donate, I am encouraging everyone to be healthy and support this simple yet vital way of saving lives” he shares. “There’s a lot of patient who needs blood, but helping at least one is already a symbolic act of giving” he added.
To secure the health of everyone knowing the existence of coronavirus, safety protocols were strictly observed. Aside from wearing of face masks and shields, beds are likewise socially distanced and disinfected every after donors.
The bloodletting is a usual activity executed in SM mall branches and SMDC Residences in close collaboration with the Department of Health-Philippines Blood Center and Philippine Red Cross.