The abbot at Phothisamphan Temple celebrated his 77th birthday by sponsoring a meritorious blood drive for the National Blood Center in Chonburi.
The Thai Red Cross rolled in eight beds to take blood at the Naklua temple April 29, inviting people to make merit for Punya Wattanaporn, who has served as abbot for 57 years.
In addition, some disciples brought food, meat, dessert, and opened booths serving free beverages for attendees.
In all, 84 people donated, resulting in 34,800 cc of blood collected. It will be used at area hospitals.
Provost Punya Punyajo, or Than Phra Punya Pattanaporn, abbot of Wat Phothisamphan.
Punya was initially ordained at Pah Arayika Temple in Chonburi. Well-respected in the area, many arrived on his birthday to make merit and offer alms. The provost distributed shirts and bags containing a Buddha figure, balsam and a prayer book.
Temple monks also donated blood.