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posted by Megan Wygant on Thu, Jul 1, 2010
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I don't usually wish I worked at a movie theatre, but right now, at this moment, I do — because then, I'd have a kicky tie-in between what you're seeing on screen right now, and what we're planning behind-the-scenes.

Edward Twilight

Here's the thing: next Tuesday — July 6 — from 11am to 4pm, Berkeley Rep is joining with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive at the Roda Theatre. If I worked at a movie theatre, this would have a very obvious tie-in. But, I don't. And you know what? I don't think I need to tie this to the current Fireworks festival to make it relevant. Here's why a blood drive is more than relevant. Necessary even:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • A single blood donation — your donation — can help up to three people.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs — maintaining a good blood supply is an important part of our local ongoing emergency preparedness.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. And yet, violent injuries are not the only situations requiring a blood transfusion. Patients who have sickle-cell anemia, are undergoing chemotherapy, or suffering from other chronic conditions often receive blood transfusions as an ongoing part of their treatment.

During the summer, while people are traveling or otherwise taking a break from their regular work-a-day lives, the blood supply traditionally drops. But the need for blood never slows down. If you're able and willing, please come down to Berkeley Rep on Tuesday, July 6 and help us maintain this vital resource for East Bay Area residents.

You can make a donation appointment online at Find us by typing in the sponsor code "REP."  

Edward or no Edward, we hope to see you here.


There isn't a more worthwhile cause than helping to provide the blood that can save the lives of car accident victims.

Adding to the supply is important, but it's also of high value to reduce the demand. And a key way to do that today is to spread the word about the potentially catastrophic dangers of distracted driving, which is at epidemic levels in the US.

Many states recognize that texting and making cell calls while driving is dangerous and can cause catastrophic car accidents, and laws have been passed in 29 states.

But that's not enough -- the public must police itself, curb those calls and hang up and drive! More on this can be found at

Houston car accident lawyer | Sat, Jul 24, 2010

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