Joan Payne, faith community nurse from Westvale church in Syracuse, New York, worked with Debbie Cox, New York Conference Health Ministries director, in coordinating a blood drive during this year’s camp meeting. Thanks to this initiative, at least a dozen people who attended camp meeting on the campus of Union Springs Academy donated blood.
People were moved to help others as they were willing to share their blood to save lives. The Red Cross received 17 units of blood from the turnout on June 27. Assisting with the blood drive were Marie Putman, R.N., from Roosevelt church, as well as Paul and Jessica Virtue from Saratoga church. The Red Cross expressed thanks to the organizers for inspiring support for the blood drives.
Payne also helped coordinate a blood drive at the Westvale church on July 17. She was assisted by Mary Lee Berg, R.N., who is a member of the church and a nursing instructor at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. At this blood drive, the Red Cross received nine units of blood. In all, the Red Cross received 26 units of blood that will be used to help save lives.