June 20, 2021

‘Worldwide Blood Drive to Give Life Through the Love of the Passover’ Was Held Over 1,000 Times

Life Sharing Even in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Blood supply shortage continues due to the decrease of blood donors since the COVID-19 pandemic. Adhering to the guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, the members of the Church of God in and outside Korea are donating blood in groups with the mind to cherish life. On June 20, the 1,000th “Worldwide Blood Drive to Give Life Through the Love of the Passover” was held in Zimbabwe, Africa. On the 23rd, the 1001st blood drive was held in Peru, South America.

The members in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, donated blood at the National Blood Service in Bulawayo; and the members in Ilo, Peru, donated blood at their church, supported by Ilo Hospital and Ilo Health Network Center under the Ministry of Health. An official of the the center in Bulawayo, Sifundo Ngwenya, appreciated them, saying, “As it became difficult for people to travel due to the spread of the COVID-19, the blood donation rate fell and the blood stocks was running low. You have offered special gifts to those who need blood transfusion.”

Since the Church of God started blood drive in 2005, a total of 202,000 members from all over the world have taken part in it until June this year, and about 85,000 members have donated blood. As one blood donation can save three lives, it is considered to save about 255,000 lives.

Even after the COVID-19 outbreak, members from various cities around the world have continued to donate blood in San Diego, Temecula, El Paso, and Salt Lake City in the U.S.; Manchester in the U.K.; Osaka and Tokyo in Japan; Melbourne in Australia; Auckland in New Zealand; Hyderabad in India, and more.