The Founder of the Salvatorians, Fr. Francis Jordan, wanted his followers to use “all ways and means” to make the love of God known. Back in the early ‘70s I learned of the simple joy and good feeling that comes from donating blood that I know will help several people. At the time, I was working at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage, Wis. I used to joke that my only reason for donating blood was the homemade ham salad sandwiches on fresh rye bread that were served to all donors. In 1975 I had surgery and needed a blood donation for myself. A Salvatorian Brother donated for me. My life changed around a bit and then I was back in Milwaukee. I started going regularly to the Southeast Wisconsin Blood Center and learned that platelets were also needed, so I started doing those donations. When I moved to Tucson, Ariz. in 2008 I looked for a place to donate and found the Red Cross Blood Center. I learned that if I donated blood only, I had to wait eight weeks to donate again. If I alternated donating blood and platelets I could go every five weeks, so I got myself on that schedule.
Over the years my Mom needed a transfusion once and much later, my sister needed blood when she was dealing with lung cancer. I was grateful for the people who gave of themselves to help. I am neither a preacher nor teacher, so I do what I can do for others. I’m glad that God has given me the health to do this simple ministry in my retirement years.
by Sr. Elizabeth Ann Christensen, SDS (Sr. Liz)