On three consecutive Sundays in April, the Church of God hosted the 2018 Mega Blood Drive for the Passover. Approximately 12 Church of God locations on the East Coast held blood drives. As a result, over 2,000 volunteers gave blood, totaling a staggering 6,000 lives that can be saved. Additionally, the Church of God was also able to commemorate the New Covenant Passover, a Christian feast through which Jesus Christ gave His blood for mankind.
For weeks prior to the Mega Blood Drive, volunteers reached out to nearby communities and local officials. Local radio stations even broadcasted about the upcoming blood drive. On the day of the event, volunteers facilitated registration, welcomed guests, and escorted donors to and from the blood donation beds. Guests also enjoyed walking through an exhibit made up of panels explaining about the New Covenant Passover found in the Bible.
Each donor’s participation played an essential role to the bigger picture: saving lives. Frequent hurricanes and winter storms, forced blood centers to cancel their donation drives. Moreover, in some cases, they ran out of blood to supply to hospitals, which need it for life saving-procedures.
Due to such circumstances, overall participation in U.S. blood drives resulted in lower than anticipated results. However, the Church of God, understanding the importance of donating blood, pulled through by hosting the Mega Blood Drive in 12 different locations along the East Coast.
The Church of God collaborated with several blood banks along the East Coast. This includes Community Blood Center, Community Blood Services, Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, New York Blood Center, OneBlood, The Blood Connection and Virginia Blood Center.
Raising awareness about saving lives through the blood drive was not the only thing accomplished through this event. Additionally, there was an exhibit about how to receive eternal life through the Passover. Just as we can save lives by donating our blood, Christ gave His blood through the New Covenant Passover to grant us eternal life.
The blood drive was a huge success as the donors, church volunteers, community officials, and the blood center staff all had positive comments about their participation. To learn more about the Church of God’s activities, see our activities page, or contact us to find out how to join a future event.