The Gift of Love ; and blood
By Moria Rimmer
On 23rd October 2009, Laurie and I were privileged to be invited to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for The National Blood Service Presentation Lunch for people who have given at least 75 donations.
I was the one to receive a crystal dish for 80 donations.
Prior to the event I was asked if I was willing to be interviewed for radio/TV and for an article to appear in the Knustford Guardian. We were also asked to complete a questionnaire with such questions as “What prompted you to start giving blood?” - in my case since 29th March 1963 - to which I replied that, as the first session was held in the works canteen, everyone was giving and it was an opportunity to have time off work!
The next question was “What has kept you giving over the years?” I replied, “Being a Christian”. Jesus giving His life for me and therefore saving me, so for me to give something, which is quickly replaced, to save someone else's life seems such a small thing to do. It might be that that donation might keep someone alive to enable them to accept Jesus into their lives and so gain the gift of eternal life.
On the day Laurie and I were seated at a table with two of the nurses who take the donations in Knutsford - also with Laurence Gladwell, another donor from Knutsford, and his wife, and with Chandrakant Patel (the first Asian donor in this country) and his son.
After lunch there was a flypast of helicopters and planes – no, not for the donors but celebrating that HMS Illustrious was docked in front of the hotel.
Then it came for Jack Davidson to speak. Jack was a dedicated blood-donor from the age of 17 years. Jack had gone (with his sister) to a blood-donor session when they discovered he was anaemic. Jack was persuaded by his sister to go straight to the hospital and, in the ensuing weeks, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, just before his 19th birthday. So the donor became the recipient of almost 30 units of blood. His treatment is ongoing but he is able to go back to university to continue his training in pharmacy.
Jack then presented the awards to the donors, throughout which the smile never left his face.
During this season of Advent we look forward to the gift of love that God gives us in the birth of his Son Jesus. It doesn't take much time to give someone the gift of life. The next session in Knutsford is on New Year's Eve.
Happy Christmas, with love, Moria.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the
thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Psalm 107; 8.9 NIV.
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The Christmas season can be a time when people become wrapped up in buying things, and lose sight of the true "Reason for the Season".