NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 2,000 donors and volunteers participated in the World Mission Society Church of God's "Mega Blood Drive 2015" in New York City on Sunday, August 9th. The vast majority of participants were from various churches in the tri-state area, all wearing World Mission Society's signature yellow shirt. New York Blood Center (NYBC) collected more than 1,200 units of donated blood. The drive is the first of its kind in New York City was created to help boost the region's summer blood supply.
"Blood centers typically see a decrease in donations during the summer months – schools are out and many people are on vacation," said Andrea Cefarelli, NYBC Executive Director of Donor Recruitment. "NYBC is incredibly thankful to all the members of the World Mission Society Church of God for the monumental turnout yesterday. Mega Blood Drive 2015 not only raised awareness of the importance of blood donation, but also helped in preventing a summer blood shortage."
"All of the members of the Church of God around the world selflessly carry out volunteer services, like this blood drive today," said Pastor Daniel Lee of the Church of God in New York. "Following the teachings of God who set the example of love and serving others, Church of God volunteers are always ready to give a helping hand with the mind of a mother who spares no love for her family."
This is the World Mission Society's second Mega Blood Drive. It has hosted blood drives worldwide, with a usual attendance of about 200 volunteers. Mega Blood Drive 2014 in Mahwah, New Jersey brought together more than 1,200 volunteers from various churches along the East Coast, collecting more than 1,000 units of blood. The World Mission Society plans to expand the Mega Blood Drive concept to cities across the country to raise awareness of the need for blood donation nationwide.
A single blood donation can be used to save multiple lives. Donors with O-negative blood type, or "universal donors," are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (parental consent is required for 16-year-olds), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 or older may donate if they have a doctor's note on file with New York Blood Center or if they bring one on the day of the blood drive.
About New York Blood Center (NYBC)
Now more than 50 years old, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. NYBC's mission is to serve the 20 million people in the New York metropolitan area—and more broadly, our nation and our world—by alleviating human suffering and preserving human life.
Each year, NYBC provides approximately one million blood products to nearly 200 hospitals in the Northeast. NYBC also provides a wide array of transfusion-related medical services. NYBC is also home to the world's largest public cord blood bank, which provides stem cells for transplant in many countries, and a renowned research institute, which – among other milestones – developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology.
About the World Mission Society Church of God
The World Mission Society Church of God is a faith-based, non-profit organization that strives to spread the love of Christ through beautiful deeds. Since its establishment in 1964, the Church of God has grown to more than 2,200 regions in more than 175 countries. For its contribution to the welfare of society, the Church of God has received numerous recognitions throughout the world, including the President's Call to Service and the Presidential Citation in South Korea. For more information, visit www.zionusa.org.
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