First Presbyterian Church of Durham made the notion of giving of one’s self a literal one this holiday season. The downtown church on Sunday held a drive that signed up 49 people to a national registry of bone marrow and stem cell donors.

Congregants of several downtown Durham churches paid a visit to First Presbyterian to register for the National Marrow Donor Program and to stick four cotton swabs in their cheeks to collect stem cells.

“At Christmas, we ask the question, ‘What can I give for others?’ ” said the Rev. Joe Harvard, the church’s pastor. “Well, you can give of yourself.”

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