With the easing of quarantine status in Metro Manila, Iglesia Ni Cristo members from the Local Congregation of Polo, Ecclesiastical District of CAMANAVA in the Philippines spearheaded a blood donation drive held at the Pasolo Covered Court, Barangay Polo, Valenzuela City on June 16, 2021.
In collaboration with the Valenzuela Medical Center, the brethren underwent health screenings, after which they were allowed to donate blood. “We’re so grateful that the municipality allowed us to hold this blood donation activity,” said Dennis Bueneventura, Society of Communicators and Networkers International (SCAN) congregation president.
One of the doctors, Dr. Selda Martinez, shared, “I have been attending for a long time now the activities conducted by the Iglesia Ni Cristo. That is worth noting in this time of Covid-19 pandemic crisis, when only a few people could go to blood banks or hospitals that are truly in need of blood donors.”
“This is my third time donating blood. I decided to participate as soon as I heard that our local congregation would be conducting this blood donation, since three years have passed when I last donated blood,” said Sonny Luzong, a head deacon in the congregation. “I prepared the day prior to it. I avoided staying awake late or be exhausted so that I would be physically fit to donate on the actual day.”
Brother Jhonmar Dela Cruz, resident minister, said, “The Iglesia Ni Cristo, led by the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, will continue to give aid and assistance to anyone in need, be they Iglesia Ni Cristo members or not.” — With reports from INC News Section