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Canadian Blood Services Commend INC in Canada

Canadian Blood Services commend the INC for outstanding blood donations in 2021; first-time donors in the Mountain States step up to increase blood supply.

Canadian Blood Services Commend INC in Canada 

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SHANNON SANTAMARIA: This week on INC News World: in Toronto, the Church Of Christ receives recognition for its work in the community; the Christian Medical, Dental & Paramedical Society hosts a blood donation drive. Your INC News World starts now. 

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SHANNON SANTAMARIA: Welcome to INC News World, I’m Shannon Santamaria, coming to you from the INC Media Studios in Honolulu, Hawaii, and we hope everyone is continuing to stay safe wherever you are today. 

Canadian Blood Services is celebrating their partnerships with organizations known for their commitment in donating blood. Especially as reports show that from 

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May 2020, with a little over 54,000 donating only due to the impact of COVID, by the end of December 2020 and into 2021, its numbers increased to over 72,000 donors. Canadian Blood Services

SHANNON SANTAMARIA: And this increase was due in part to one of their largest group partners in Canada, leading to a day of recognition for such efforts in helping their fellow men. 

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BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): So to see a group like the Church Of Christ come out together and donate has just been amazing.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: The feeling of Beth Frize, a representative of Canada Blood Services while honoring one of the largest and closest partners in the Ontario province, who love and care for their community.

BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): So thankful and so in awe of your commitment to patients and the community.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: Especially with the extreme conditions of COVID hindering blood donations within the past year.

CITY NEWS: Giving blood is an act that can save lives but during a time when COVID-19 is spreading across the country, the Canadian Blood Services finds itself in a critical position, worried by a recent spike in cancellations.

BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): You know, so scary and we saw a drastic drop in organizations and partnerships. 70% drop in that type of donation.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: A drastic drop in donations upon the start of COVID; a problem that was later answered by the Church Of Christ through the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation.

BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): And the Church Of Christ, last May, when everybody was still, you know the pandemic was new, there was a lot of worry, they still came out and donated.  

MICHAEL ROBINSON: Donating in over 20 different groups, amounting to over 400 donors within Ontario back in May of 2020. And with ongoing efforts of blood donations throughout Canada, especially during National Blood Donor Week, this brought representatives like Beth to the property of the Church Of Christ in Toronto, to officially recognize the Church Of Christ through the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation for its humanitarian efforts in Canada.

LILET RAFINAN (TERRITORY MANAGER – MISSISSAUGA, CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): Walking the talk. Not just by words but really doing it. It’s exemplary and just very inspiring to us.

BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): We had over 400 participants across Canada with the Church Of Christ, coming out and donating. It was, I think, our second largest partnership activity throughout COVID.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: Not even just blood donations but humanitarian efforts focused on helping people in need, whether impoverished and even impacted by COVID. These efforts are all based on the teachings upheld in the Church Of Christ in how we truly care for our communities.

BROTHER GLENDO BAITAN (DISTRICT SUPERVISING MINISTER – GREATER TORONTO): The greatest and most important commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. Now, the second most important commandment is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): We also appreciate that awareness because it is showing other people that you can still get together, something community oriented in support of the people that are really vulnerable.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: And this coming together and  providing aid from the Church Of Christ continues to be attributed to the united faith of its members and the dynamic leadership of the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. With recent humanitarian efforts of the Church praised by Parliament and even the Prime Minister of Canada. Now, representatives from a vital life saving partnership and are always ready to work hand in hand to save lives.

BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): As a representative of our head office, just really, really thank you so much.  Canada wants to thank you.

LILET RAFINAN (TERRITORY MANAGER – MISSISSAUGA, CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): Brother Eduardo you have truly made a difference.  Words are not enough to express our sincerest gratitude [to you and to the entire Church Of Christ.] Because of you, you have given hope to many people.  Thank you.

BETH FRIZE (NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP MANAGER – CANADA BLOOD SERVICES): Amazing to have somebody so influential promoting blood donation, we really, really thank you. We wish more organizations would do that.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: And as this partnership with Canada Blood Services continues to grow, so do the humanitarian efforts of the Church Of Christ.   Through the true faith, good will be done whenever possible. If you live in the Ontario province and want to learn more about these amazing humanitarian efforts happening in your area, visit us at incmedia.org/incnewsworld. Michael Robinson; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network. 

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SHANNON SANTAMARIA: Donating blood for the first time can be nerve-wracking. 

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Many people are reluctant to make their first blood donation, but once they do, they find the donation process to be easy and gratifying. American Red Cross 

SHANNON SANTAMARIA: We check in with Kiana Lei Poblete in Las Vegas, along with two first-time blood donors to hear about their experiences. 

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KIANA LEI POBLETE: Even in a room filled with laughter and brotherhood, being a first time blood donor, like Monica and Kennedy, can be a daunting experience. 

MONICA FLORES (INC MEMBER – WEST LAS VEGAS, NEVADA): It was nerve wracking at first because you know, just the thought of it. Am I qualified?

KENNEDY TRIPP (INC MEMBER – LAS VEGAS, NEVADA): I feel like it’s really important I’ve always thought about doing it but this is my first time. 

KIANA LEI POBLETE: During a blood donation drive coordinated by the Christian Medical, Dental & Paramedical Society in the DIstrict of Mountain States, members of the Church Of Christ became all-important blood donors, assisting Vitalant, an organization specializing in transfusion medicine. 

VARRY HERAMIS (INC MEMBER – CMDPS, MOUNTAIN STATES): It’s important to donate blood because there are a lot of people that are in need of it. You are giving them another chance to live.

KIANA LEI POBLETE: Filling the room with smiles and music makes this an easy opportunity to do good, regardless of the hesitations anyone arrived here with. 

MONICA FLORES (INC MEMBER – WEST LAS VEGAS, NEVADA): Right now I feel very excited, like I don’t know how else to explain but of course at first I was nervous because of the needles and all that stuff, blood in general. But then actually sitting here, I’m fine. 

KENNEDY TRIPP (INC MEMBER – LAS VEGAS, NEVADA): Everybody was really welcoming so it made it a very good environment. I felt like it was a good place to be I think. They made it easier, even though it’s a little scarier of an experience. 

KIANA LEI POBLETE: And while the success of the day could be measured in numbers, 53 donors and 64 units of blood donated in total, it can also be measured by God’s people changing the lives of others. 

VARRY HERAMIS (INC MEMBER – CMDPS, MOUNTAIN STATES): It also gives us opportunity to help other people which is another task that’s given by God, to reach out to other people and help them in so many ways. 

MONICA FLORES (INC MEMBER – WEST LAS VEGAS, NEVADA): Being here to give blood at least you know you’re giving something to someone that needs help.

KENNEDY TRIPP (INC MEMBER – LAS VEGAS, NEVADA): I feel like it’s really important because it might be a little bit of a minor discomfort but it can be really life changing to someone else’s life.

KIANA LEI POBLETE: Here in the Nevada region of the District of Mountain States, we look forward to the next opportunity to collaborate with our communities to help those in need. To discover more civic events being conducted by the Church Of Christ, check out incgiving.org. Kiana Lei Poblete; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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SHANNON SANTAMARIA: In the continuation of this week’s episode of INC News World: a very special “Welcome, My Brethren” event in California; in Australia, sporting events return with cheering crowds. Stay tuned.

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Canadian Blood Services Commend INC in Canada