On October 3, the UNCG Atheists, Agnostics & Skeptics hosted its second blood drive for the American Red Cross! James Gemperline, a UNCG alumnus and active member of this group from its beginning, was the primary agent responsible for organizing the event. This blood drive wouldn’t have been possible without all his hard work, as well as the support provided by our wonderfully godless volunteers.
In addition to providing us an excuse to have fun hanging out with each other on a gorgeous autumn day, the blood drive also made a real difference in the lives of many people. According to the American Red Cross, “one donation can help save the lives of up to three people,” and we had around thirty individuals give blood on Monday. Making a difference feels incredible!
Now I realize that our group of rag-tag infidels failed to first pray for the Blood Mobile to be miraculously supplied with blood (preferably type O negative), or for the gods to preemptively heal those in need of blood (so that events such as this aren’t even necessary). But it seems to most of us that metaphysical social constructs are no more reliable than placebos; and that if we want to see a more hospitable and compassionate world, then it’s up to us to make it happen.
You don’t need the approval of the gods to help your neighbor.