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And now for something completely different…

I need to be serious for a moment here. We've all seen the unimaginable images from New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

In short, people out there need help. GIVE BLOOD! Christ Hospital in nearby Oak Lawn (95th and Kostner) is having a blood drive. I just got back, and was in and out in about 45 minutes, so please don't be intimidated by news reports of the three and four hour waits some potential donors faced yesterday. If you're not near the southwest suburbs, give your local hospital, Red Cross or LifeSource a call.

Those links below lead to charities that are providing invaluable aid to rescue workers and families of victims. I'll do everything in my power to make sure that anyone who brings their slip proving they gave blood, or made a minimum donation of $10 to one of the charities below to our next show gets in free, even if it means we don't get paid!

Let's also keep all the victims in our prayers. The dead, the dying, the wounded. The families of those lost in this appalling act of inhumanity. The firefighters, EMTs and police officers who died in the line of duty, killed even as they tried to save others…unfortunately, just "another day at the office" for those brave men and women.

And most of all, no matter who committed this atrocious act, remember that the act of a few madmen do NOT speak for an entire group. Do not let what happened influence you to vent your anger and frustration on an innocent person who just happens to be of the same ethnicity or religion as the beasts who carried out this awful attack. Rather, let this bring us together, as Americans, and more importantly, as human beings. Realize that people of all races, colors, national origins, religions and sexual orientations died yesterday, because someone hated them simply because they were Americans.

And never, ever let us forget.

Firefighter's Fund Red Cross Salvation Army