Costa Rican Adventists Commended in Blood Drive
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Costa Rica was recently recognized by the National Blood Bank for being the most successful organization in obtaining blood donations.
During a special ceremony held at the University of Costa Rica in San José, Patricia Contreras praised the work of the church and said it is the most recognized entity with the most blood donor volunteers in Costa Rica. The recognition came as the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated its World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
According to Contreras, the nation has only 50 percent of blood needs in regards to volunteer donors, and the goal is to cover 100 percent of the needs in the country with new and repeat donor volunteers every year.
Earnal Scott, youth ministries director for the church overseeing Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama, accepted the award on behalf of the church.
“We know that people in Costa Rica are interested in saving lives,” said Pastor
Scott. “One blood donation can save five lives, and the church is prepared to continue campaigning and recruiting volunteer blood donors to save lives.”
—Marilyn Cernas/IAD, reporting from Alajuela, Costa Rica