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Antioch churches combine for Hurricane Sandy blood drive

Kathleen Gliv23 Lindenhurst donates blood Tri-Parish Wellness Ministry sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive St. Ignatius Antioch Episcopal Church Saturday December

Kathleen Gliva, 23, of Lindenhurst, donates blood at a Tri-Parish Wellness Ministry sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 1, 2012, in Antioch, IL. | Chandler West~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 5, 2013 6:11AM

ANTIOCH — There is a shortage of blood on the East Coast since Hurricane Sandy, but three local churches united to meet the need.

Gloria Stevens of Grayslake, parish nurse for St. Stephen Lutheran Church, St. Ignatius Episcopal Church and Untied Methodist Church of Antioch coordinated the blood donation effort held Sunday at St. Ignatius.

It was good timing, since St. Ignatius was holding its annual living nativity presentation.

“This is a huge drive. What better to live the Christmas story than to give the gift of life?” said the Rev. Tim Squire of St. Ignatius.

This is the first time the three churches have held a blood drive. The goal was to collect 25 pints, according to Stevens. They wound up collecting 15 pints.

“I think most of the people who came was because of the ad campaign. Nineteen people signed up — I think it went well,” Stevens said.

The Red Cross brought a bus and parked it in St. Ignatius’s parking lot. Red Cross staff collected blood donations. It will be sent to Hurricane Sandy relief 72 hours after it is collected.

Kathleen Gliva, 23, of Lindenhurst was among the donors.

“I just wanted to do what I could for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I thought it was a good day to donate,” Gliva said.

She came to St. Ignatius explicitly for the blood drive. She said she was not aware of the living nativity event until she arrived.

Paula, who declined to share her last name, was opposite. She was at St. Ignatius for the living nativity event and saw the blood drive.

“I’m donating for Hurricane Sandy. I want to help. I belong to the Rebeka’s charity, which is an international non profit. Donating is an extension of the charity we do,” Paula said.

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