We had our turn, and we wish it would have stopped here in Tucson.  Unfortunately, Orlando, FL is now dealing with the devastation of an insane mass shooting and killing of innocent people.  Not surprisingly, Tucson’s residents wanted to do what they could to help support the victims of this horrendous act of terrorism.  However, despite the best of intentions, sometimes things just aren’t quite as easy as we would like them to be.

Confusion among Tucson blood donors after Orlando attack

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/32209729/confusion-among-local-blood-donors-after-orlando-attackThe American Red Cross is clearing up confusion for blood donors in Tucson who wish to assist the Orlando terror attack victims.  Volunteers say they saw a lot of walk-in donors Sunday as people were interested in contributing blood following the mass shooting in Florida.

Spokeswoman Tammy Kikuchi Nakamura tells Tucson News Now the priority is local first, meaning donations at local blood banks are used to fulfill local need.

Surplus donations are then sent to the next area of priority. There is no way for donors to know where their blood will be sent, but the American Red Cross uses a tracking system. If a donor provides an email address at the time of donating, they will receive an email identifying their blood type and informing the donor where their donation was used. read more at tucsonnewsnow.com

Tucsonans also showed their support by turning out for a vigil on 4th Ave, showing love will overcome hate

Only a little over a week ago, Arizona had a different kind of news story that caught my attention (I only caught the story, and not the actual event).

VIDEO: A Small Asteroid Lit the Arizona Night Sky

An asteroid unexpectedly lighted the quiet Arizona night sky last June 2. The fireball has strong flares, which illuminated the night sky. The sky nighttime sky turned into day for less than a minute due to the asteroid.

The residents caught the celestial event on video, seeing the asteroid approximately 5-feet (1-2 meters). Experts say that the rock collided with Earth’s atmosphere, creating a fireball capable of illuminating the sky. The fireball was so bright that the NASA’s meteor cameras were overpowered by the light of the asteroid according to a report by Space.com. VIDEO: A Small Asteroid Lit the Arizona Night Sky : News : Nature World News

 

In my mind, these two stories happened out of sequence, and the light seen in the sky should have been traveling UP from Orlando, not down over Arizona.  In fact, in my mind, there was something(s) far more brilliant than that asteroid which rose up into the sky over Orlando the other night.  It wasn’t supposed to be there yet… but nonetheless, it was. I’m certain each of those lights was unbelievably brilliant, and with each of them, a bit of all of our hearts go along for the ride.

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