Apparently California is seriously lacking in blood supplies - to the point where many opperations are being postponed, etc...
To this end Buddha Gate Monastery is putting on a blood drive at their palatial compound in the Lafayette hills.
No, David Koresh will not be there, you do not have to wear black Nike's and FWIW, I am highly suspicous of the claim that Janet Reno has approved raiding the compound to liberate the afflicted.
Check out buddhagate.org for a map & directions.
They're providing lunch - if you show up at an appropriate time - and tours of their hillside get away, near Briones.
Is it bad form for me to bump my own thread? Even if it's important?
Really, really important? Like, you just might save someone's life important?
Here's the details on the problem and the solution:
Saturday June 24th
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
This is even more significant at this time as an immediate appeal for blood was just issued due to serious blood shortages:
BAY AREA BLOOD SUPPLIES CRITICALLY LOW
Blood Centers of the Pacific Reporting Less than a Half-day's Supply
Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP) is asking for immediate blood donations to boost critically low blood supplies. The Bay Area has been in a serious blood shortage since the beginning of the month and supplies are dangerously low.
In response to the critical shortage, BCP is now rationing blood to the 41 hospitals it serves and has put those hospitals on notice that there might not be enough available blood for procedures requiring large amounts of Type O.
Typically, the summertime brings blood shortages to metropolitan areas, as many regular blood donors go on vacation and donor groups such as high schools and colleges aren't able to host blood drives.
Of those people eligible to donate blood, less than 4 percent actually do. To make up that deficit, BCP regularly imports blood from outside the state. However, because summertime shortages are nationwide, the blood center has been unable to receive its regular orders of blood.
"Of particular concern at this time is our ability to support organ transplants and/or significant traumas," said Lisa Bloch, spokesperson for Blood Centers of the Pacific. "Organ transplants can require a tremendous amount of blood and these procedures are put in jeopardy with a critical shortage like this."
We ask all eligible donors give a little part of themselves so that others may live.
In appreciation, each donor will receive a one-of-a-kind SF Giants T-shirt.
We receive daily reports from our hospitals about patients whose lives were affected - even saved - by blood donations. The following are just a few of the Bay Area patients who have received the benefits of our blood donation during the past two weeks:
8 day old female Heart Surgery used 12 units type O+
4 year old male Lung Surgery used 6 units type A+
4 month old female Heart Surgery used 9 units type A+
16 year old male Trauma Surgery used 16 units type O-
37 year old female Lung Surgery used 7 units type O+
6 year old female Lung Surgery used 6 units type A+
51 year old male Stomach Surgery used 6 units type O+
43 year old female Stomach Surgery used 22 units type O+
48 year old male Heart Trauma Surgery used 70 units type B-
4 year old male Heart Surgery used 8 units type A+
75 year old male Liver Surgery used 16 units type O+
4 month old male Heart Surgery used 4 units type O+
3 year old female Bone Marrow Transplant used 6 units type O+
4 month old male Brain Surgery used 4 units type A+
48 year old female Brain Surgery used 5 units type O+
54 year old female Spine Surgery used 5 units type A+
38 year old female Stomach Surgery used 4 units type A+
88 year old female Heart Surgery used 10 units type A-
4 month old male Heart Surgery used 17 units type O+
15 year old male Trauma Surgery used 16 units type A-
52 year old male Spine Surgery used 9 units type A+
16 year old female Sickle Cell Anemia used 14 units type O+
3 year old female Bone Marrow Transplant used 3 units type O+
Please take an hour out of your time to contribute to the health of our Bay Area patients who depend on blood donations for their survival."
So that's my story, and I'm stickin to it.
I ain't a Buddhist - I get nothing out of posting this. I'm hardly even a humanist; Quite possibly a misanthrope - and speaking of misanthrope's - we have confirmation that neither David Koresh nor Janet Reno will be making any personal appearances!:thumbsup: