Blood Donation

May 20, 2005

As Christ’s followers, we are continuously blessed by God, in return, we are to bless this world in whatever capacity we can offer. Community Care Day provides an excellent opportunity to exercise a serving attitude and serving life.

Despite the dreary weather, over a hundred volunteers participated in our community care activity organized jointly with Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service. Besides our brothers, sisters and friends, office ladies and gentlemen in the same building of our church office and by-passers from Jaffe Road joined in this meaningful event as well.

Hope Centre was exquisitely transformed into a blood donation center by 4:30pm. The Registration Bay welcomed the volunteers upon arrival. After completing the medical history form, one’s past history was privately interviewed at the Screening Bay. 21 volunteers were screened out at this stage as they had been taking Chinese herbal medicine lately or due to other health conditions. 75 successful volunteers were further directed to the Hemoglobin Test Table to have their blood tested for blood grouping and other medical information. The most exciting part, the actual blood transfusion came at last. If the donor were less than 110 lbs in weight, they could donate 350ml of blood whilst the stronger tribe could donate 450ml. The eight transfusion seats were constantly occupied until 9:45pm.

Praise God for the willingness of the donors and those who coordinated and assisted in this event. Initially, Hope Centre planned to open from 4:30pm to 8:00pm for blood donation, but due to the overwhelming response, staff of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service departed around 10:30pm. The Red Cross staffs were pleased with such a high turn up rate and commented that the brothers and sisters were so joyful in the participation of this event.

People turning up were driven by a willing heart to sow the seed of care and helping others. From the New Testament, Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Praise the Lord for the willingness of our brothers and sisters in leading a serving life.

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