Five midtown churches team up to help save lives

May 16, 2012

Tulsa, Okla. — On Saturday, May 19, five midtown Tulsa churches — John Knox Presbyterian Church, All Souls Unitarian Church, Brookside Baptist Church, College Hill Presbyterian Church and John Calvin Presbyterian Church — will together host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross.

Susanne Hinkle, who has been on the Outreach Ministry Team at John Knox for about four years, said the upcoming drive will mark the first time the churches have done such an event together.

Mary Keller, a member of All Souls, said she received the invitation from John Knox to participate in the drive and immediately jumped on board.

"It will be a great opportunity to meet other church members in the community," Keller said. “At the same time, we get to help patients in need. It’s a win-win, and I think it’ll be really fun.”

Hinkle said the Outreach Ministry Team, which coordinates John Knox’s blood drives, plans to partner with other churches again for future drives.

“I certainly hope so,” Hinkle said. “Maybe the next one we’ll have even more churches. We’ll take in anybody who wants to join.”

Members of the churches, which are within close proximity of one another, have been promoting the drive with flyers down Brookside and in neighborhoods around the churches. Hinkle said she is “very optimistic” and expects a good turnout.

“I’m excited about the outreach, to build into the community and let everyone know we support the Red Cross,” she said. “We hope the community will join in and support them as well.”

The drive will be at John Knox, 2929 E. 31st St., in the gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to Red Cross-provided snacks for donors, hot dogs and chips will be served. Appointments to donate are not require but may be made online or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.