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SNM Atlanta hosts first Blood Drive in South Carolina

Sant Nirankari Mission Atlanta Branch organized five different blood drives in South Carolina on April 15, 2017. Sant Nirankari Mission strives to have an active role in the community and this is one of the many ways the mission in contributing to a noble cause by collaborating with Blood Connection to serve the humanity. This event was dedicated to Manav Ekta Diwas (Human Unity Day), which is celebrated in April in remembrance of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, Chacha Pratap Singh ji and many others who sacrificed their life for the Mission.

The Atlanta branch, wanted to put His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj's words to action. As per the divine words of His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji, "Blood should flow in veins, not in the drain," was the sole purpose of organizing this event to put His words into actions. In the past, Sant Nirankari Mission has partnered with Life South to bring donors together to actively donate. Previously, Atlanta branch had organized five blood drives in Atlanta itself which was very successful. This year the volunteers decided to go beyond the boundaries to neighboring state South Carolina which also was very fruitful.

The drives were held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm in five different locations to accommodate large numbers of donors. The first location was Simpsonville where thirty-one people local citizens actively came to donate and out of those thirty, twenty-seven could donate successfully. The second location was in Greer where thirty-six donors tried but twenty -four were successful. The third location was on Woodruff Road where total number of people seen were thirty-eight and units collected were thirty. The fourth location was in Easley where twenty-six people were seen and twenty-two units were collected. The fifth and final location was in Seneca where thirty-three people were seen and twenty-five units were collected. All the blood drives were held at Walmart Supercenter. Vince Stemple, the supervisor of Blood Connection was very helpful in arranging these locations and making the drives successful.

People from all walks of life came to donate and were introduced to the Mission’s philosophy and ideals of Peace, Love and Tolerance. The volunteers ranging from age five to eighty-five were present with enthusiasm and dedication to serving selflessly and inspiring others to serve as well. The volunteers worked hard to get the by standers and the walkers to come and donate. Due to the motivations of the volunteers, Blood Connection could get 128 units of blood total. The donors were also provided with refreshments and snacks such as juice, water, granola bars and potato puffs.

The Blood Connection team truly appreciated and thanked all the volunteers and the donors for yet another successful blood drive event. They also appreciated the selfless humanitarian work done by Sant Nirankari Mission and has already booked Sant Nirankari Mission for next year to participate in the community to organize more blood drives in additional locations. The presence of Rev Harlivleen Bajwa, executive member social welfare department also was a highlight and added colors to the event. All the saints were grateful to Satguru Mata Savinder Singh Ji for her blessings and teachings of working shoulder to shoulder and they look forward to next week’s blood drives in Atlanta.