"Lamb of God"
The Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra, Choir & Soloists, performed "Lamb of God Oratorio — a Sacred Easter Celebration," on Palm Sunday in the Cathedral of Christ the Light. The performance kicked off the 2012 Interfaith Community Blood Drive. Attending the concert from left: Jeff Meyer, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Northern California Blood Region; President Dean Criddle, Oakland Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone; Marilyn Wright, blood drive director, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Justin Mueller, director, donor resources development, American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region; Father Ray Sacca, cathedral rector.
Interfaith blood drive set
to roll up sleeves in July
Fifteen parishes in the Diocese of Oakland will be among the 80 sites for the 2012 Interfaith Blood Drive, which will be conducted during July.
Last year, 1,700 units of blood were donated in the inaugural drive, which was a collaborative effort between the Diocese of Oakland and the Oakland Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
July is typically a month of critical need for blood donations, with many regular donors on vacation and the blood supply often in danger of running low. Last year's blood drive exceeded its ambitious goal of 1,500 units of blood.
The number of blood drive locations has increased this year, and the geographical limits have expanded as well. Parishes in the Diocese of San Jose are joining the blood drive this year. Faith communities as far north as Ukiah and as far south as Monterey are also taking part in the drive.
Each site has a coordinator, who is undergoing training by the Red Cross during the month of May. Coordinators in parishes in the diocese will be recruiting donors. Actual appointments for donating blood are made at the Red Cross website, www.redcrossblood.org. The code is interfaithcommunity.
At Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood, Sandy Heinisch will again serve as coordinator.
As a first-time coordinator last year, Heinisch learned a number of lessons in running a successful blood drive, such as:
• Organization. Know your dates and get started early.
• Ask everyone. Attend meetings and other places you might find donors. Have a parish youth group? Ask there.
• Pulpit announcements.
• Flyers and bulletin announcements.
Last year, she said, "I hoped for 30." She got 90 donors.