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  • Rev. Scott Carnes

Saved by the Blood

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Blood saves. Literally. Just today I read articles from Harvard, the AAAS, Medium, and Vascular Cures that all point toward increasing evidence that COVID-19 is a vascular disease as well as respiratory. Whether or not this is the case, it is imporant to have good stocks of blood going into the fall, but, if COVID-19 is vascular, blood supplies might be needed more than we ever imagined.

For the past few months I kept thinking that I should give blood. I have known that now it is as important as ever to ensure there is a healthy supply of blood for the Galesburg area, but I'm like a lot of people: I spent a lot of time thinking about what I should do and felt good about it (Yay, I give blood) but then I don't actually call or go... In this case I told myself that I would call to find out the process...and then never did.

Well, there is my confession, but I'm proud to say that this morning I went to the website for Mississippi Valley (, clicked on the button "donate blood" and it let me setup an account and search for when and where I could donate (and make an appointment). The whole thing took less than 5 minutes. I just got back from the blood center. It was so much easier than I imagined.

When Jesus bled it was because he was willing to die on a cross because of how much he loved the world. I am currently able to give blood, so if I have to feel the momentary pinch of a needle to save a life, I look forward to it. Its a small thing, but so so so important. I encourage everyone in Abingdon, who is able, to give blood. Just setup an online account with and make an appointment to show Christian love to this world. Many people can give every two months, so let's unite to fill the supplies of Mississippi Valley Blood Center which provides our life-saving blood in the Galesburg area!


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