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Thorn Creek Reformed Church to host blood drive honoring former Lansing Christian School teacher Judith Miedema

Appointments still available for Saturday’s blood drive

By Josh Bootsma

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (May 3, 2021) – Thorn Creek Reformed Church will host a Vitalant blood drive on Saturday, May 8 in honor of Judith Miedema, who passed away in September 2020.

The drive, which will occur at Thorn Creek Reformed Church from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the second drive the church has hosted during the pandemic, the first of which occurred in November and honored Kimberly Blummer.

Honoring Judith Miedema

Judith Miedema

Judith Miedema was a long-time eighth grade English teacher at Lansing Christian School, and served children’s ministries at Thorn Creek Reformed Church.

A flyer for Saturday’s event said, “In 1992, Judy organized our first blood drive as a mission to the community. This was carried on for twenty years. Now, with a nine year gap, we continue in Judy’s memory.”

Giveaways and registration

Event organizer Lorna Bischof said donors will receive goodie bags as a thank-you for their participation. She said the bags will include, “vouchers from Texas Road House, $5 off from Walts grocery store, guides from NW Indiana and Southland Illinois, coupon for $3 off a hanging basket from Water’s Edge as well as other fun stuff.”

Saturday’s blood drive will also include a free COVID-19 antibodies test.

As of late last week, over two dozen slots were open for the blood drive. Interested donors should call Lorna Bischof at 708-474-3563 or email the church office at [email protected]. Another option is to call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 or visit and use group code: 007I.

Thorn Creek Reformed Church is located at 1875 E 170th Street, South Holland, IL.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.