Mega Blood Drive, Mega Results
Proudly wearing their yellow Church of God shirts, nearly 1,300 members of the World Mission Society Church of God came together to host an unprecedented blood drive at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, NJ on Sunday August 24, 2014. What seemed like an ordinary, sunny August day turned into a historical event impacting the lives of thousands of patients in critical need for blood.
Hospitals watch the blood shortages hit an all-time low in the summer months and this summer was no exception. Blood shortages are 15% higher than average around this season, so the demand for blood is at its peak. Considering this, the World Mission Society Church of God hosted the Mega Blood Drive 2014 to offset some of the loss.
This was the first time in history that all seven blood centers of the tri-state region have ever collaborated for a blood drive of this size and nature. Members from more than 30 Church of God branches drove in from all over the East Coast, many leaving the evening before the drive to make it on time for 3:30 AM set-up. From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, members filled beds and buses to donate. Intermixed throughout the day was a series of special speakers and performances, food for everyone and even an educational displays to inform donors about the importance of giving.
The Church of God set a goal of collecting 1,000 pints of blood to save 3,000 lives since pint contains the gift of life for three individuals. As a result of the drive, the members collected an amazing 1,053 units of blood and was able to save 3,159 lives.
Among the guest speakers were Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Lillian Pfaff of the New Jersey Department of Health, who stated, “You are leaders by example. Your act of giving blood at this drive serves as a model that can inspire others.”
As an ongoing effort, a few of the participating blood centers agreed to donate $5 for every pint collected from the drive to an anti-bullying campaign that the Church of God is initiating with the Bergen County Technical Schools. As bullying incidents are on the rise, the Church of God would like to play a role in prevention activities hosted by the school system and will be working closely with the Assistant Superintendent over the next few months.
Serving the community with a mind of love, in particular the mind of Mother, was the key to the event’s success. The desire to give without expecting anything in return and the hope of sharing happiness and joy with others has power to unite total strangers and give life to those in need. This was the hope of the Church of God and the seven blood centers on board.
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