On February 15 and 16, 2022, the Ecclesiastical District of Central conducted consecutive blood donations, the first at the New Era Elementary School, and the latter at the house of worship compound of the Local Congregation of Bago Bantay.
On the first day, district Buklod officers spearheaded the blood donation, which was facilitated by doctors and nurses from New Era General Hospital (NEGH). Established by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) along Commonwealth Avenue in Brgy. New Era, Quezon City, Philippines, NEGH offers health services to anyone regardless of his religious affiliation.
The NEGH personnel also attended to the volunteer donors from the local congregations of Bago Bantay, Mindanao Avenue, and Pugad Lawin on the second day. Many brethren qualified as blood donors on these consecutive dates, which benefited the NEGH, and the Philippine Heart Center, respectively.
Even nonmembers volunteered. Pauleen Marfa said, “It’s my third time donating blood. My mother, who is a teacher here at the New Era Elementary School, encouraged me to do so again.”
As there is still pandemic, Dr. Alissa Mariano, NEGH general physician, guaranteed, “We made sure the blood donors are those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.” Encouraging others, she added, “Donating blood is beneficial not only to those in need but also to those who donated, relieving them of toxins.”
The Ecclesiastical District of Central oversees the local congregations surrounding the Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Office Complex. Besides the Local Congregation of Templo Central and others nearby, local congregations in Rodriguez, Rizal, where there is also an INC housing community for its volunteer workers, fall under the jurisdiction of the district. — With reports from INC News Section