Spring is the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom and animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again. Everyone wants to enjoy the refreshing fragrance of flowers and warmth of sun including many who are in need of life and are waiting to get well soon to be with their loved ones. This is the perfect opportunity to give someone a gift of life by donating blood. Blood is a universal human life line. In recognition of this, the Sant Nirankari Mission, Toronto Branch held their 24th blood donation clinic in Brampton, Ontario on Saturday April 18th 2015. The enthusiasm with which volunteers gathered to donate blood is very commendable.
The very first blood donation camp in Toronto was held in the year 1997. Since then devotees of the mission have participated with great zeal, so much so, that the amount of units donated has been increasing each year. "It’s in you to give," the slogan of the Canadian Blood Services came to life during this clinic as a record breaking 108 units were raised by volunteers who gathered on the church grounds. This clinic was inaugurated by Charlene Goodwin, Territory Manager at Canadian Blood.
Apart from the Mission’s members, local residents from the City of Brampton and Georgetown also participated by donating and supporting this great cause.
One of the teachings of His Holiness Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji is to "Love all, Serve all." All volunteers, donors, and devotees of the mission embodied this phrase throughout the day. Those who were ineligible to donate blood due to medical reasons helped in serving food and water to the donors and volunteers. The clinic provided everyone with an opportunity to give back to the community in their own way.
In all, the day was a great success. The selfless demeanor of volunteers combined with the worthy cause made the day meaningful. For the past 18 years the Sant Nirankari Mission has been holding these clinics and manifesting the teachings of their True Master, Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji; "Blood should flow in veins not in drains."