Over 2,000 youngsters donated blood on December 7 during the fifth blood drive organised to mark International Volunteer Day (December 5).

The blood collected at the event will help deal with the shortage of blood at hospitals and can serve the treatment of patients during the year-end and the traditional 2014 New Year holidays.

As many as 6,412 units of blood were donated at the four previous events.

In another activity the same day, titled “Warm, Sentimental Winter”, as many as eight tonnes of clothes, 100 boxes of instant noodles and 200 blankets were collected to warm disadvantaged people in the central provinces of Quang Ngai, Quang Binh and Binh Thuan.

The programme is scheduled to last until February next year.-VNA