Today is World Blood Donation Day.
Thanks to the generous support of Church of the Lakes, Mercy Hospital has a solar-powered blood bank, allowing them to keep blood on hand 24/7.
On Church of the Lake's visit to Sierra Leone in March, members of the team donated blood to restock the supply at the hospital.
Unfortunately, like many hospitals in Sierra Leone, they have trouble getting donors. People are wary of donating, and the cost of screening, typing, and bagging the blood prohibits some from donating. Many times, the family of a patient needing surgery has to donate on their behalf, and the patient is charged for the cost. For $25, you can cover the cost for one donation of blood to save a patient's life.
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