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Blood Drive at Minicon, March 26, 2005

A successful blood drive, sponsored by the Heinlein Society was held at  Minicon 40, the Sheraton Bloomington South (formerly the Radisson South), 7800 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, MN 55439. The blood drive was held on Saturday, March 26th, Noon-4pm at the convention site. Heinlein Society blood drive chairman Mike Sheffield reported that Minnesotans signing up in advance for the drive far exceeded the average THS-sponsored event, and appreciates Minnesotans willingness to participate in this worthy effort to save lives.

Twenty-five people donated successfully, with the willingness to contribute by about five more honorably noted. Thanks to all donors and attempted donors! Donors received the pin designed by Robert Heinlein, a ribbon for their con badges, and a 'goodie bag' of three science fiction novels--two hardcover, one paperback--donated by DreamHaven Books.

Thanks also Memorial Blood Centers.

The Heinlein Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to “Paying Forward” the legacy of famed science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), and has been conducting successful blood drives at science fiction conventions around the world for several years. Mr. Heinlein was a strong proponent of blood-giving and began the tradition of science fiction convention blood drives by organizing several himself starting in the 1970’s. The Society that bears his name continues this tradition amongst its many charitable activities.

Minicon is the oldest Minnesota-based science fiction convention. It is run by the non-profit Minnesota Science Fiction Society. This year’s convention was the 42th, and was held April 6 - 8, 2007 in Bloomington, MN.


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