Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blood drive.

My friend and her family wanted to do more.
So they arranged a blood drive in memory of their brother.

They were told they needed to have 28 people willing to donate in order to get the blood bank truck to come up.
I believe at last count there were 58 people who donated.
My mother made cookies.
Cannyn and I made cookies.
My sister Angie and her husband came to donate, and Mom watched Olivia who was very worried about what would happen to her while her mommy and daddy gave away thier blood.

(Mom, Angie, and Olivia)

(Childrens ministry leaders at The Commons church)
It was nice to see people from our church there donating blood, as well as people stopping right off the street.
It was set up with appointments for two people every half hour, but had spaces available for drop ins.
Each hour seemed to be filled up!

So, I continue to be amazed over the grace this family has shown in the violent death of a loved one.
Every step they make just shows that What the enemy has meant for evil, God will work for good.
I know this isn't the usual decorative fluff and stuff I have been blogging about lately, I just have been so moved by all that my friend and her siblings have done out of their grief.

My eldest and I were talking about this last night. I told him I don't think I would be able to show such grace if it were one of my boys who was murdered. I would be so filled with hatred and revenge.
So, Carbajal family, You are teaching so many of us such valuable lessons.
Thank you!

(all photos courtesy of Carbajal family members)


  1. Since I am unable to donate blood, cookies were my small contribution to a very worthy cause.
    This is an amazing family. The picture of the people lined up at the bus is not actually people waiting to donate. It is a picture of Elliot's parents and siblings. There were a few of them missing from the photo. I think there were 16 children in the family.

  2. I read about this in the newspaper! Puts a lump in my throat!


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