When I stopped by to donate blood at our local center a couple of days ago, there was a family group from Traverse City there who were getting their pictures taken together. When I asked the nurse what was going on, she said that the entire family had come to give blood to help a friend of theirs who was in need. Awesome!
Then, after I’d answered all the questions and been tested for suitability, I sat next to a slender, elderly gentleman who was being congratulated for just having donated the last pint of blood needed to complete a gift of 14 gallons of blood that he has donated over his life time to help save the lives of others in need! Incredible! He smiled when we all clapped and responded with a pleased twinkle in his eye, “Well, I figured since God gave his blood for me, the least I can do is share mine with others!”
Oh, beloved friends, can you help? They told me that only 7% of Americans give blood. I’m sure there are many who cannot because of medical constraints, but for those of us who still enjoy good health and have healthy blood…can we share a little?
“Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8)