Why You Should Never Donate To Vampiric Blood Dealers!!!!


I can’t remember the exact time I started to loath the American Red Cross.  It may have been the time when I saw them selling coffee and snacks at a hurricane ravaged city in Texas, or, it may have been the time when I saw the price-tag of the blood, they received for free, to the hospital I once worked while reading about Elizabeth Dole’s cool $1/2 million salary as the head of the American Red Cross. 

But, today, they demonstrate they are a special sort of vampiric scumbags.

Good Lord! Cop says Red Cross told him not to pray with flood victims

A law enforcement officer said he was asked to leave a Red Cross shelter in Lafayette, Louisiana after he prayed with several flood victims.

Clay Higgins, a reserve city marshal and a local legend, dropped by after work to minister to evacuees at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on Aug. 19.

“I was not proselytizing,” he told me. “I was just there to thank volunteers and offer prayers and encouragement.”

Higgins, who is also running for Congress, was dressed in uniform and was holding a Bible.

At some point during the visit a volunteer approached Higgins and mentioned there was a problem.

“He said the Red Cross had an issue with me being there,” Higgins said. “So I asked him what the problem was. He looked down at my Bible and he gestured and said, ‘They have a problem with that.’”

Higgins said he was escorted to a Red Cross supervisor who asked him to leave. ……

During the conversation, a flood victim asked Higgins to pray. The captain was obliged but had to do so outside the Red Cross shelter.

“Christian compassion was not welcomed there in the manner I had provided,” Higgins told me. …..

Meanwhile, a pastor in the town of Albany told me that four families left a Red Cross shelter after they were told they could not pray or read their Bibles at their cots.

“They got upset and literally packed up their stuff and came right here,” said the pastor, who asked not to be identified. “A Red Cross worker told them they could not pray or read their Bible in public.”

The pastor said he drove to the shelter in question and he was immediately met with individuals who related similar stories.

“I hadn’t even made it in the door,” the pastor said. “They said the Red Cross workers told them they could not pray or read Bibles. I told them to go to their cot and pray and read. I told them they’re on church property and they could read a Bible on church property.” ……

The Red Cross, meanwhile, urged me to do my part to “tamp down” the rumors that they are telling people not to pray or read the Bible.

“This is not representative [of] our Red Cross principles,” Penniman said.

So we’ve got the Red Cross telling us one thing and a Baptist preacher, a law enforcement officer and a chaplain telling us something else.

I’m going to let you good readers figure out whose version of events you choose to believe.

But to avoid further confusion, maybe the Red Cross should consider a new symbol and name — perhaps something a bit more secular.

Hospitals need blood and plasma for the patients.  If you feel the need, go the places which pay you a nominal bit for your blood, they usually charge the hospitals less for the blood. 

If you feel the need to donate to organizations which really help communities during disasters and times of crisis, (and you should) then donate to something more credible in actually helping people such as the Salvation Army (they were giving away blankets and such while the Red Cross were charging people for coffee). 

For the record, I hope that all are free to pray to the God of their choosing, at a Red Cross facility or anywhere else.  We’ll get to see which one answers.

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20 Responses to Why You Should Never Donate To Vampiric Blood Dealers!!!!

  1. leftinflagstaff says:

    A special selfish ugliness. Like those who complain about roadside crosses marking a loved one’s death in a traffic accident.

  2. Martin C says:

    United Blood Services (generally in the western part of the U.S. I think) is where I donate blood, and occasionally platelets/plasma (been doing it for 30+ years).

    Also, I don’t know if places the pay you have the blood used in hospitals (I understood that the plasma/ blood from places that pay are only used for research, and not for tranfusions – anyone, please correct me if I am wrong there . . ).

    Anyway, I can’t believe the Red Cross would do this.

    • suyts says:

      Martin, that’s interesting, because I was under the assumption that they could sell to hospitals, but, I don’t really know for sure.

      • Martin C says:

        Yes, the probably do charge the hospitals – that’s how they make money to pay the staff, stay in business, etc. BUT United Blood Services do not pay the donors. Places which pay the donor (often plasma centers, because you can donate much more often than red cells – and I did that a few times way back in college) I believe sell the plasma for ‘research’, whether medical, or to cosmetic companies, or whatever – BUT I don’t believe those donations in which the donor is paid for the donation go to hospitals for use in other people (. . . I guess I could have tried to look that up before posting, but didn’t . . . 🙂 ).

    • cdquarles says:

      Yeah, I think that changed in the 1980s, due to people with blood borne diseases selling their blood, some of which transmitted hepatitis and worse viruses to unsuspecting (no good screening tests back then). Since then, I think they resumed allowing paid donor blood and blood products again, within limits and as long as the sample passes screening. Note well, though, that this will *not* keep you completely safe, whether from paid donors or not. Stuff happens and it isn’t always the supplier’s fault.

      That said, I actually can see the Red Cross doing this now-a-days. Rent-a-mobs plus EEOC plus the IRS …..

  3. philjourdan says:

    We have an independent organization here – Virginia Blood Service (it use to be Richmond Blood service until they started servicing the hospitals in Charlottesville and Norfolk). I know they get money for my donations. But I like the fact I know my donation is going to help my neighbors. And that is all they do. Collect blood for the local hospitals. I will continue to donate. I do not know how much their CEO makes, nor do I care to find out.

  4. Latitude says:

    There’s a little more to this for some of us..
    Living where I do, I don’t have a lot of choices.
    I have hemochromatosis. Basically I store iron.
    I have two choices….drive 50 miles each way to the hospital and have them test and do phlebotomies…..which will cost a fortune
    Or donate to Oneblood, which drives a Big Red Bus around for donations, comes to me, tests my blood for iron for me, keeps my records for me, tells me how many phlebotomies I need, schedules them for me, and donating is exactly the same pint as a phlebotomy. All at no cost to me.

    So some of these blood drives that sell blood….have a lot of overhead people might not realize..and preform a service for some of us, that might not be obvious

    • philjourdan says:

      Since I joined the century club, the local Blood place sends me newsletters. In one of them, they published a study by a doctor that alleged that donating blood was good for you (maybe Midieval folks had something with blood letting). I just brushed it off as trying to get more folks to donate. But I see in your case, it is true!

      • Latitude says:

        It’s very important for older men.
        We tend to eat more red meat, beans, etc and have no way of getting rid of it.
        Men should never take a vitamin with iron in it.

        Oneblood sells the blood they take in…..but they also schedule my appointments, come to my house, call if they are running late, etc

        • philjourdan says:

          Given your condition, I would call it a mutual beneficial deal.

          But not all old geezers are iron heavy. Those of us prone to polyps in the colon (yes my family has a history of colon cancer) become anemic periodically. In fact that is what tipped me off to my colon issue to begin with. Other than taking that nasty stuff in preparation for the procedure, it is not a big deal. So far (3 polyps in 15 years).

          But thanks for validating that study. I am skeptical whenever I see something from an organization that benefits their cause. I want to believe it. And apparently there is more truth to it than I originally gave stock to.

        • cdquarles says:

          I’m another one in the geezer club with a collection of medical specialists. I get to add the cardiologist, this Friday, to my list. GI, Nephron and cardiac. Fun city. Wait, I forgot about the wound care surgeon and the immunologist. I have had ulcerative colitis for at least 20 years now (19 years with the diagnosis come December). I have had more ‘scopes than … ;p. I’ve had them with anesthesia and without anesthesia. A good GI can do one without anesthesia any day of the week. The GI guys are getting wimpy and get huffy if you don’t want the anesthetic. On the other hand, a bad GI guy will make you *want* the anesthesia. I hate the new fad in anesthesia. I don’t like the side effects. I’d rather take morphine, but that makes the gut stop moving for a while. Current preps are not that bad these days, at least the ones I’ve gotten recently.

          No colon cancer in the direct family (brother-in-law had rectal cancer and an inferior mesenteric artery infarction … cost him all but the first foot of intestine and he lived years with a bag, a central line and TPN … yeah the VA loved him ;p, actually, the VA would have killed him years before he did pass), but skin tags (polyps) and auto-immune diseases are common. I had colon polyps this last time. Fortunately the last flare was over a year ago, which caused the last colonoscopy.

        • philjourdan says:

          If you have more doctors than prescriptions, does that make you healthy? 😉

        • cdquarles says:

          That’s a good question :).

        • cdquarles says:

          That’s not strictly true, Lat. There is a small amount of daily blood loss from the sloughing of your gut lining every day. There is a bit more if you have bad teeth and/or gums.

  5. suyts says:

    Lat, I know a guy with the same problem. It’s interesting.

    Guys, I have no problem with people giving blood to outfits who are open and honest about what happens to the blood and the money from the blood, especially in the case of Lat, where the outfit is literally doing a public service. But, the Red Cross tries to come off as some altruistic group of do-gooders. They’re not.

    • philjourdan says:

      Suyts, I did not mean my comment to come off as a defense of the Red Cross, only that there are alternatives. I appreciate you sharing the information with me. I had thought about giving to them (they are active in this area as well), but after this, I will not.

    • Latitude says:

      Me too, I know people that have worked for the Red Cross…they say exactly what you said

  6. DirkH says:

    “Why You Should Never Donate To Vampiric Blood Dealers!!!!”

    I would rather make that “Why You Should Ask The Lord For Guidance Whether To Donate At The ARC”… and I’m dead serious.

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