Creative ways to love our neighbours
Organizer Edward Ng explains:
When I heard how the pandemic has reduced the donor base and blood supply at Canadian Blood Services to its lowest levels in a decade, I thought this was a need Christians can help address. All of us have neighbours and friends who have needed surgery or cancer treatment, or been hurt in an accident.
Christians anywhere in Canada can start a campaign.
This year in Ottawa we are starting what can become an annual campaign for churches to promote giving blood the week before Easter.
Christians anywhere in Canada can start a campaign. This first year in Ottawa, we have received fabulous support from two Christian organizations. One Way Ministries is an interchurch network that dates back to when Billy Graham visited our city. And CHRI-FM 99.1 is our city’s Christian radio station.
The radio station is promoting the event regularly during its broadcasts and will send its Fun Team to bring music, games and prizes to the Carling Donation Centre on the last day of the donation week.
One Way Ministries set up a special webpage where people can register for a donation of blood, plasma or platelets (BloodDrive.LoveOttawa.ca).
Our Easter Blood Drive core group held advance information sessions online with representatives from Canadian Blood Services so local Christians and church leaders could ask questions. Health requirements for blood donation are also explained at the Blood.ca website.
So far we are connecting mainly with Protestant churches in Ottawa, and I am using my contacts with Chinese churches in other cities to encourage them to consider a blood drive in the future.
But this campaign is for anyone. Even those ineligible to donate blood can work as volunteers and help promote the campaign among friends and neighbours. Anyone can pray for the campaign.
What a great opportunity to stand up as Easter people to demonstrate God’s love in a practical way.
→ Do you have a story to share about your church’s community outreach? Contact editor@FaithToday.ca. Read more stories like this at FaithToday.ca/CiC. Reach Edward Ng through the Contact Us button at BloodDrive.LoveOttawa.ca.