For the last six years, Temple Israel has met or exceeded its quota of blood donations and on Sunday, April 27, the congregation is looking to make it six straight for its annual Red Cross Blood Drive.

“Blood donations are always needed,” Executive Director Dennis DePorte said. “And giving blood is one of the easiest things we can do to help our community.”

Temple Israel’s goal is to collect 34 pints of blood from at least 40 volunteers. Anyone interested in donating can visit www.redcrossblood.org and search sponsor code 009113 to make an appointment. You may also call 800-RED-CROSS or contact Deporte at ddeporte@templeisraelomaha.com or 402-556-6536 to make an appointment.

“To paraphrase the Talmud, to save one life is to save the entire world,” Rabbi Josh Brown said.

Temple Israel member Sarah Gilbert is a frequent blood donor.

“The first time I gave blood was in graduate school, to keep some friends company,” Gilbert said. “After I read just one brochure on how donated blood saves lives, I made a goal to become a 10-gallon donor. I hope that nobody I know ever needs donated blood, for either trauma or a chronic condition, but if they do I want to do everything I can to ensure an ample supply of blood.”

Volunteers are reminded to bring a photo ID and to drink plenty of water and eat before they donate.