02 September 2005
As ya'll well know, I was born and raised in the South and have lived through my fair share of hurricanes. What's happening along the Gulf Coast is mind boggling, terrifying, and heart breaking. I've spent hours glued to the TV getting as much information as I can. Every few hours it gets to be too much and I have to take a break and focus on my life. It's a delicate balance between living normally and staying aware of what's happening. I refuse to be apathetic. I find myself sitting in front of my TV with my hands over my mouth and tears running down my face. That could have been me a hundred times over. It could very easily be my family. I instinctively want to lend a hand, but find my life obligations keep me from volunteering or from giving in the way I want to. There is a solution though. Giving blood. The news media hasn't really focused on this ever present need because things are still in the search & rescue and basic needs phases. Blood is a need and will always be a need. As people begin to get the medical treatment they need, the blood supply will get low, like it always does in times of crisis. This is where poor college students can help. Giving blood is the truest way to give of yourself and it doesn't cost a dime. If you go to http://www.redcross.org/ you can find your local chapter of the Red Cross and look for blood drives in your area. You can even set up an appointment online to donate. I'm donating on Monday, September 12th. I don't care if you're squeamish, donate anyway.