YBOR CITY: 30 volunteers stepped up to donate blood on the 15th of May at the Florida Blood Services (FBS) Blood Drive, sponsored by the Church of Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers of Tampa Bay. The event was held at the Church of Scientology, Tampa, located at historic Ybor Square in the heart of Ybor City.
This is the second blood drive of the year for the Volunteer Ministers and at least one more is scheduled.
“90 percent of the population will need donated blood in their lifetimes,” said Judy Fagerman, the Director of the Tampa Bay Volunteer Ministers. “And as only a certain percentage of US residents are eligible to donate, and less than 10% do, it is vital that those who can donate, take the time out of their day to do it!”
Per the Florida Blood Services website, “Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims - due to accidents and burns - heart surgery, organ transplants, women with complications during childbirth, newborns and premature babies, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.”
Because whole blood can be broken down into specific components, a pint of blood can be used for three separate people for three entirely different needs.
In addition to the FBS bloodmobile, the Volunteer Ministers brought out their signature yellow tent to the courtyard of Ybor Square. People interested in finding out more about the Volunteer Ministers and their work were able to get their questions answered.
Several visitors received ‘assists’, processes that Volunteer Ministers use to help people get over the spiritual trauma associated with illnesses and injuries.
“This is a simple way to help, it does not take much time, maybe a half hour, and it is something that really makes a difference,” said Fagerman. “L. Ron Hubbard – the founder of Scientology - said in the Code of a Scientologist, that we are to “make the world a saner, better place” and this is one of the ways that we can help.”
The Volunteer Ministers run many different programs throughout the year. For more information, please contact Judy Fagerman at 813-872-0722.