Condit Blood Drive saves lives


By Polly Horn - Special to The Sunbury News



Condit Blood Drive has saved more than 1,000 lives since it began in December 2014 as part of the New Beginnings Program for Condit Presbyterian Church.

During the October 13th blood drive, American Red Cross collected the 334th pint of blood which means Condit has helped save more than 1,000 lives with its donations to date. Deanna Osborne was the 15th donor of the day and won the prize for her donation. Deanna used to give blood at her workplace but now she is working from home and donates at Condit. When the October blood drive ended, a possible 1,014 lives will be saved from Condit donors.

“Blood Drives are one way a small church can help save people’s lives,” commented Rev. Annie Melick, pastor of Condit Presbyterian Church. Condit church hosts 6 blood drives a year in the Fellowship Hall as one of their missions. In addition to providing the space, members of the church make food for the canteen under the leadership of Jane Lahmon. Other members post signs around the community or serve as greeters to help people sign in and feel welcome. Polly Horn co-ordinates the drives with the American Red Cross and helps people be comfortable with donating blood.

Condit Presbyterian Church also helps local missions such as Big Walnut Friends Who Share and Bountiful Backpacks in General Rosecrans Elementary School. The next Condit Blood Drive is 1-6 p.m. on Friday, December 15. To register to donate email GiveBlood@ConditChurch.org.

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By Polly Horn

Special to The Sunbury News