The 2017 Worldwide Blood Drive is the 686th of the World Mission Society Church of God of giving “Life Through the Love of the Passover”. Conducted “in Celebration of Winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service” with the cooperation of the Lung Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Blood Center on March 16, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM at the Lung Center main lobby.
236 Pints, most successful blood drive
In most blood drive campaigns the LCP holds, 50 to 100 blood bags is deemed a success. However, more than 400 participants in this mass blood donation generated 236 pints of blood. This made the event the most successful drive held at the hospital.
Special guests attended this event. There came the Executive Director of the Lung Center of the Philippines, Dr. Vincent M. Balanag Jr., to give some opening remarks. Councilor Erwin Romero under Committee on Health also came to show support from Barangay Quirino 2C District 3. And Mr. Vladimir Estocado, in charge of Volunteer’s Desk, delivered message from the office of Mayor Herbert Bautista.
“Actually the WMSCOG is one of the most active organization [among] almost 1800 NGOs, peoples organizations, volunteer groups and foundations recognized by the Quezon City Government as partner for the development. We would like to congratulate the WMSCOG for winning the most prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The Philippines also has a Search for Outstanding Volunteer Award. As for the Quezon City Government, we have the Local Outstanding Volunteer Award. We always nominate your organization to be recipient of [that] award.”
-Mr. Vladimir Estocado, representative of QC Mayor Herbert Bautista
2017 Worldwide Blood Drive of Life
The event commenced with a prayer led by Pastor Choi Jeongmaan, Overseer of the Church of God Philippines. Followed by a greeting of blessing with one saying to another, “God bless you!” Afterwards, Pastor Choi shared about the event’s purpose: to share the love of Elohim and of the Passover as well.
When the short opening program has finished, marshals went to their posts and guided the participants at every step. This resulted in a fast and orderly flow. First, the Registration, where participants sign up and get their forms. Then, to see if they can be a donor, they proceed to the Assessment. From their weight to their medical history to their hemoglobin test results; it is decided whether they can donate or not. Those who passed the examination and donated blood were given a necklace of shiny candies. In addition, the Lung Center gave them a hand towel and some snacks to restore their energy. Meanwhile, the effort and courage of those who came but were not able to donate did not go unappreciated. They packaged candies as well as a consolation notes that cheered them up and brought smiles to their faces.
There were so many members that the Lung Center Team had to coordinate with the Philippine Blood Center. They divided the Participants into two groups and led them to the second floor where they resumed the event. Throughout all these, members waited patiently with a smile. The love that the members radiated attributed to the event’s light atmosphere.
2017 Worldwide Blood Drive with Love
Life Through Blood
“We receive the promise of eternal life from God through His blood, in the same way, we receive physical life through blood. That’s why we continually conduct blood drives in order to share life and the love of God.” -Pastor Choi Jeongmaan, Overseer of the Church of God Philippines
The church aims to give a hand to neighbors who are suffering from illnesses or disasters, promote the value of one’s blood, and benefits in donating blood. Above all, the Church of God would like to inform people about the most important Blood of Christ that will give us Eternal Life and salvation through the celebration of the Feast of Life, the Passover of the New Covenant.
The 2017 Worldwide Blood Drive is a relay blood drive conducted in all 2,500 Churches of God in 175 countries throughout the world. It is held simultaneously in major cities including South Korea, United States, UK, France, Mongolia, Singapore, Peru, Africa, along with many other countries around the world. In the Philippines Churches of God, the blood drives took place in Quezon City, Baguio, Davao, Laoag, Cebu, and also in many other cities and provinces.