Three generations of the Gerlenter family arrived at the Magen David Adom Blood
Center at Tel Hashomer on Wednesday to celebrate the 17th birthday of Elad
Ya’acov, who is now able to donate for the first time.
an economist, accompanied the boy along with his own four sons – Yisrael, Hagai,
Pinhas and Natan Nahman. Moshe has been giving blood regularly and has reached
275 pints since 1973. A member of the MDA Blood Donors Organization, he received
a citation in 2006 when he gave his 200th pint.
Natan Nahman has already
donated 70 pints, Israel 47, Pinhas 40 and Hagai 37 so far.
to mark the birthday at MDA’s Blood Center, where he volunteers every Monday and
invites friends and acquaintances to give blood. As a result, dozens of donors
arrive every week to save lives.
The summer months are especially
difficult for MDA’s blood services, because the large number of people on
vacation means they are out of the country or too busy to go to MDA
MDA director-general Eli Bin said that while Israelis continue
to donate, there is still a serious shortage of blood at this time of
Hundreds of people a day who receive blood from MDA would die or be
very ill without the donated blood, he said. “The emotional event in which the
Gerlenter family donated is a great deed. I wish many others would follow in