JOYCE FISCHLER, MDA medics at blood party 390.
(photo credit: MDA)
The most generous way to celebrate one’s birthday is to organize a “blood
party,” in which the person honored and the attendees each donate a pint of
blood to Magen David Adom. The organization facilitates this by sending a mobile
donation center to the event location, or providing space at the nearest MDA
The idea originated on Facebook and has spread. Joyce Fischler, a
Tel Aviv resident, decided to mark her 32nd birthday with a life-saving blood
party. Appropriately, the letters comprising the Hebrew word “lev,” which means
heart, have a numeric value of 32.
She sent off the invitations via
Facebook after MDA happily agreed to host the party.
More than 30 of her
friends came to the Tel Aviv station on Friday and were served cookies and
cakes. Thirty-two of the guests rolled up their sleeves and gave blood as their
gift to Fischler.
The party took place the same week that MDA issued
statistics showing that blood donations around the country declined somewhat in
2011 – with 303,630 pints donated by 243,000 people, or 3.8 percent of the
In 2010, 4.2% of Israelis gave blood.
director-general Eli Bin said he welcomed Fischler’s initiative.
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of us remembers to give blood only once a year on one’s birthday, there will be
no more blood shortages. Everyone can do something for the country in
this way and join the national effort to save lives.”
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