Baldwin EMC hosted its 14th annual Power of Giving drive on Thursday, Nov. 14, and the event’s organizers are calling it a great success.
LifeSouth Community Blood Center was on site early Thursday morning and collected a total of 108 donations, which will help save up to 324 lives in our local community. Included in those donations were five plasma, seven double red and ten platelet donations. Additionally, several boxes of non-perishable food were collected and donated to a local food bank for families in need.
In its fourth year, the children’s coat drive portion of the event resulted in the collection of 200 coats and jackets, which will be distributed to needy children in the community through Catholic Social Services and Ecumenical Ministries. Baldwin EMC will continue collecting new children’s coats at all three co-op offices through November 27.
Mark Ingram, Baldwin EMC’s vice president of corporate services and public relations, says the accomplishments of the Power of Giving drive is one of the most significant ways Baldwin EMC shows its commitment to the community, but without donors, it would not have been successful.
“Even in our 14th year, we never cease to be amazed by the generosity that comes through our doors,” Ingram said. “There’s that saying, ‘Not all heroes wear capes,’ and that is definitely true for our blood drive. This event is a prime example of neighbors helping neighbors, because every single donation of blood, coats and food stays right here in our local community. That spirit of giving we witnessed through the Power of Giving drive is what this holiday season is all about.”