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May 23rd, 2011
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Boosting the signal
Remember, no matter what the disaster, giving blood is probably the easiest thing you can do and it will always be welcome. Until we come up with artificial blood, donations are the only way to go. So, if you can, please go out and give.

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From:clevermanka
Date:May 23rd, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if anyone is going to do a local blood drive. Since, you know, they closed all the Lawrence donation centers.
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From:silverfae
Date:May 24th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
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From:clevermanka
Date:May 24th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
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One Day? Geez. And I'll be out of town. Of course. Thanks for posting the link, though. Maybe some other people will have a chance to go!
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From:silverfae
Date:May 24th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's a shame we don't have more in Lawrence, with all these healthy young people.

There is a search feature and another one later next week, IIRC.
If anyone will be in KC or Topeka, there are more opportunities from the website. I imagine that they are stretched pretty thin right now.
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From:clevermanka
Date:May 24th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Maybe they're figuring that with half (or more) of the student population gone, there wouldn't be as much of a turnout here. I dislike the whole concept of the greek system, but they do provide a lot of support for campus blood drives.
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From:mijan
Date:May 24th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
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I used to be a regular blood donor. My doctor told me not to (more for my own good), even though I wouldn't technically be prohibited under normal circumstances. In an emergency like this, I'd still donate... if I didn't currently have a nasty infection and am taking hardcore antibiotics. So for those of us with blood that belongs in the reject bin... what else can we do? Do you know if there are any other efforts being organized? Clothing? Anything?
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From:solan_t
Date:May 24th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm not allowed to give blood anymore, either. But as for other things, I don't know specifics, but I do remember hearing on the radio (while not particularly paying attention) of ways to donate money to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Also, that there's a need for toiletries.
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From:mijan
Date:May 24th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
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This sounds awful, but I know that when you donate to the Red Cross, the money could go anywhere. Sure, it'll go where it's needed, but unlike a blood donation which is sure to be at least somewhat local, the money could go anywhere. I also won't donate to the Salvation Army on principle. But toiletries would be a good project. I'll also probably make a donation to the Red Cross anyway.

I think we're all just looking for ways to help because we all feel kinda helpless and useless right now.
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From:silverfae
Date:May 24th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
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If you Facebook, there is a great page with more ways to help than the usual Red Cross.

Also, more listings here.

I totally understand about your reticence with the ARC and Sally Army, I have some of the same reservations.
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