At least 60,000 people gave blood samples in Wednesday's drive conducted by Ezer Mizion to find a bone marrow donor for six-year-old Amit and other cancer sufferers.
Collection stations were mobbed throughout the country, and many potential donors were turned away because the technicians ran out of kits to take the blood samples. The number of samples collected was double the previous record total for one day.
The organization is also raising money to process the blood samples, each of which costs NIS 180. Donations can be made and more information is available on the Web site at www.ezermizion.org.
The union of Jewish Agency staffers announced Tuesday that it was donating NIS 18,000 to process 100 samples. Union head Yona Bezaleli and Jewish Agency chairman Ze'ev Bielski asked all staffers to join the project and find a compatible donor for Amit.