Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Another call to action

I was considering talking about how we could soon be on the verge of war with Iran and Syria (but remember those Iraqi elections? How they made us all believe again? That was great wasn't it?), but an e-mail from the New York Blood Center snapped me back into acting locally. This isn't really political, but it is necessary. Here's the gist of it:

Blood inventory has dropped to
crisis proportions.

We have only:

300 Type O Negative units
200 Type A Negative units
Less than 100 Type B Negative units
2,000 Type O Positive units

Our area needs 12,000 donations each week.

Regardless of your blood type, they'll be happy to see you. Here's a listing of all the blood drives coming up in Brooklyn (those in other areas, check your local listings). I'll be at the one in Park Slope this Saturday at the Old First Reformed Church at 7th and Carroll.


Blogger weasel said...

After not being able to vote not being able to give blood is my biggest frustration with life in the USA. Apparently, having grown up in England I am a potential carrier of human mad cow disease. I understand the concern but even so, I barely touched beef as a kid. Such is the nature of massive human health organizations...

February 21, 2005 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger jamie said...

yeah, i forgot until i got there that they also don't accept blood from homosexual men - or anyone who has ever had homosexual contact with a man - if they check off the appropriate boxes. but then they screen all the samples for AIDS anyway, so why make that distinction and limit the supply even further? that is assuming that AIDS is the reason for the discrimination in the first place.

February 23, 2005 at 12:16 PM  

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