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AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL LOS ANGELES SENTINEL READERS
Dear Loyal, Prideful and Committed Members of the Sentinel Family:
As a man who professes to be a person dedicated to the betterment of my community, I asked myself what is the worst possible thing that I could do to contradict my core values? And the answer for me is to be in a position to help someone in need and not do it. And, if that someone is a sick child and I did nothing to help save their life or ease their pain then I am doubly guilty.
Right now there is a drastic shortage of African American Blood Donors to assist needy children stricken with sickle cell anemia. As most of you know, the majority of people with sickle cell are African Americans (not all, but a majority). So, if our children need help, we must be the first people to step up and help.
Imagine being a parent and the very treatment from the very best hospital is right at your fingertips, but you are denied access simply because there are not enough people willing to help. Imagine the pain and helplessness you would feel.
In these difficult fiscal times, we are all struggling to continue the charitable giving that we have done in the past. It is harder and harder to buy a ticket for a charity function, give toys or clothes to a shelter and for many it is even a challenge to continue giving to your church or favorite social club even though you have been giving for years. Well, here is your chance to continue your giving ways. It won't cost you anything but a little of your time, a little bit of your blood and you will make a drastic difference in the lives of a young child.
That is why I am calling on every Church, Fraternity, Sorority, Social Club, Community Based Organization, every politician, pastor, community leader or community servant, every Christian, Muslim, Protestant or Jew, Mother, Father, Sister or Brother. Young (you must be at least 17 yrs old) and old--join me here at the Sentinel on March 13, 2009 anytime between the hours of 7:30am and 3:00pm for OUR Community's Blood Drive in partnership with Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Please call the Sentinel today, sign up your organization, your family and your friends. Tell everyone and anyone you know. This needs to be an event like none we have ever had, "a do good in the hood rally." We came together to elect President Barack Obama and we came together to party and enjoy the festivities at Taste of Soul. Now I am calling on you all to come out and SAVE THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN!
Call today and sign up at 323-299-3800 or email me at
So, this time I really want to not only hear from you, but I want to see you. I need you to step up and bring your friends and family along for the ride and save the life of a child in OUR Community.
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor