Four times a year, the Council coordinates a blood drive. The first was held in late 1995 at the cafeteria of the Southeastern Baptist Seminary. It moved to the parish buildings when they were completed. Since 2005, about 2000 pints have been donated.
Giving blood is an act of charity in the spirit of “love your neighbor as yourself.” In a way, giving blood is an imitation of Christ, who gave His blood that we might live. The recipient does not know the identity of the donor; the donor does not know the identity of the recipient. Matthew 6 tells us to make our “charitable deed… in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
Donors need to be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 lbs. Bring an ID (such as a drivers license). If you take medications, a list is suggested. Eat a healthy low-fat meal before donating. Drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after your donation. All blood types are needed, but there is special need for A+, A-, and AB-.
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