Re: Veerrrrrrrrrrrry Interesting, Bruce
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 18:59:31 -0400
Bruce Cobern commented:
>And, before I get
>all the "don't do blood drives" comments, . . .<
It's a war story, but I gotta tell it.
Our church was approached by a Scout looking to arrange a blood drive as a
project. He needed a place (we did not at the time sponsor any Scouting
units). He almost got a "no" but he mentioned that the drive was to benefit
a woman who happened to be a rather inactive member of the congregation, and
the property committee decided to extend a little support. The woman had
been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and blood was needed
for some phase of the treatment.
Turnout was enormous. The treatment was spectacularly successful in stopping
the rapid spread of the cancer. While in remission the woman became active
in our church, headed the Worship Committee, became an elder, and generally
served as an inspiration to everyone. We gained great new friends.
The sad coda is the cancer returned. She was able to attend her youngest
daughter's high school graduation last May, but she died early in July.
Whoever that Scout was who organized the blood drive probably doesn't know of
the long-lasting effect his action had, not only for the woman who benefited
medically, but for the dozens of other people who found new ways to serve
other people. It was a wonderful community-building event for our church and
I hope we don't let our cynicism stifle Scouts in their search for worthy
projects. Helping organize a blood drive has been done before, sure -- but
remember what happened when that one nameless kid helped a lost traveler find
his destination on a foggy day in London about 90 years ago . . .
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City