“Serve all beings as service to God.”
– Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji
This quote was put into action on Sunday, July 19th when an American Red Cross blood drive was conducted at the Jeeyar Asramam. Red Cross sent a large ambulance bus with advanced facilities to draw and store the blood. A blood donor would go to the registration desk of our young and dynamic volunteers to sign in, either for their predetermined appointment or for a walk-in. From there, they would walk to the well-conditioned Red Cross bus, where kind veteran nurses would assist them through the process of drawing a pint of blood. Afterwards, they would be given energizing refreshments by our young volunteers.
For each pint of blood donated, an entire 3 lives could be supported. About 19 pints of blood were collected, thus being able to serve 57 people. Thanks to the campaigning efforts of the Asramam and one diligent volunteer, this many people were able to donate. Shri Srinivasan is an upcoming junior in high school and a Prajna student who decided to donate her summertime into organizing and conducting this blood drive, with the sole purpose of being able to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from blood problem. Thinking about Sri Swamiji’s famous quote, she executed this event with passion and helped set an example for other students about Prajna and implementing the idea of service to others. Shri expressed her sincere joy for the number of people that were able to give 15 minutes of their time and donate, and is determined along with the other volunteers to do more service events in the future.