6th Annual Good Friday Blood Drive

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

While some will mark Good Friday seated in a pew, one local church is doing something a little different. In lieu of traditional Good Friday service, New Day Christian Church in Weston asked it's members to take time out of their Good Friday to give blood.

"It's something simple that I can do to help other people," frequent donor Russ Wiegand told NewsChannel 7.

Wiegand has been donating for years. He's one of 40 people who donated a pint for New Day's Good Friday Blood Drive.

"It's an additional way for us to look at the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and the fact that he shed his blood on the cross. In a little way we can give a little bit of our blood back just in remembrance of that," Wiegand explained.

Although it may make some people anxious to take a seat in one of the donor chairs, the people who donated blood Friday say their reason for donating is what got them through the experience. For blood drive coordinator Amy Auner, it was remembering Christ's sacrifice.

"Christians typically celebrate Easter weekend by recognizing that Christ died and was resurrected after three days and so he was given a new life. Through that we were given a new life. So we have the blood drive to help save lives in our community," Auner shared.

You didn't have to be a church goer to get in on the act either.

"We just like it when people find a reason and they come and do it because it's just something that's needed. It's so needed," Auner said.

Wiegand agrees, telling NewsChannel 7, "It's just kind of that phantom good. You know you're helping someone. You don't necessarily specifically need to know who or how, but you know you're doing some good somewhere. "

For those that couldn't donate blood, but wanted to participate New Day also collected baby supplies like diapers, food and formula for local food pantries.

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