Blood Drive info at: readercon.org/information.htm
On Saturday, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile http://www.redcrossblood.org/ will serve Readercon for the first time for a Heinlein Society Blood Drive! Your consistent support over years means so much, especially during midsummer. Thank you!
The ARC and the Heinlein Society will have token gifts of appreciation for all who present themselves as potential donors, but all of you who have donated before know that these are the least of the reasons to come forward. The staff of MGH regret that they are unable to serve us this year, but hope to see Readercon donors next year!
If you would like to make an appointment in advance to donate blood, or volunteer to help donors have a wonderful experience, please write to or call John Hodges, the Heinlein Society volunteer organizing the drive on our behalf, at 617-943-4399. Donors will be scheduled in pairs every twenty minutes from 10 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, 7/13/13. Walk-ins will be welcome, too, first come, first served, and will be fitted into this paced appointment schedule. This allows the MGH staff to have a chance to meet their goal of a 1/2 hour turnaround time for donors.
The Heinlein Society exists to preserve the legacy renowned writer Robert Anson Heinlein left us in novels, essays, speeches, and short stories. The volunteers of the society “pay it forward,” Heinlein’s oft-expressed phrase, since we can never pay back the riches he shared with us. If you’ve ever considered donating blood, please take this opportunity. If you’ve ever enjoyed the Grand Master’s work, thank him by paying it forward in a way he would have deeply appreciated. Mr. Heinlein traveled extensively to promote this important cause and frequently donated himself. He organized the first blood drive at an SF convention at the 1976 Worldcon and designed a pin for donors in appreciation. Donors at the Readercon drive will receive pins of this same design and our thanks.