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Blood Donors and Pet Food Banks Are Subtle Signs of the Times

Blood Donors and Pet Food Banks Are Subtle Signs of the Times

Workers at blood donor centers and pet food banks have identical comments about the increase of people entering their facilities — the new faces are from all walks of life and represent a cross-section of society. The director of one donor center in New Mexico commented, "All walks of people come in to donate," she said. "We have teachers, students, people who work for the city. We're definitely seeing a change in who is walking through the door, but they're all saying the same thing. They all say they need a little extra cash to pay for gas."

Similarly, the executive director at a pet food bank in Santa Cruz said, "In the past, the demographics has been people who are disabled or on disability and senior citizens. Nowadays, during the pet food program, I see people who are able-bodied and not able to find a job.'' The pet food bank she runs, which typically provides about 5,000 pounds of free pet food each month, has seen a 20 percent demand increase in the past six months.


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