Israeli believers choose unique way of giving from the heart
Updated: Jan 30, 2019
Kehilanews.com, Kehila News Staff, January 28, 2019
About twice a year, believers in Haifa get together at Beit Eliyahu Messianic congregationto give blood.
It may sound like a strange reason to gather, but this has become a semi-annual outing for some families that make it a point to attend the blood drive. The event is often paired with either a handmade crafts sale at the seniors’ home nearby or the sale of secondhand clothes to support a ministry that works with women freed from prostitution.
Those who donate blood during these drives are mostly believers from the Haifa area, but not just from Beit Eliyahu.
For over a decade now, every six months or so or during times of conflict, Beit Eliyahu gets a call from Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency service. They then begin spreading the news verbally and electronically sending an announcement to other local congregations, creating a Facebook event and posting a notice on their website.
Since 2005, the congregation has organized blood drives for anyone who is interested to give approximately a half liter of blood to a stranger somewhere in dire need. At the most recent drive 40 people donated, with the average number of donations standing at 37 and the record at 52.