Starve a vampire at the 13 TH Annual Dracula Blood Drive sponsored...

Starve a vampire at the 13 TH Annual Dracula Blood Drive sponsored by Actors Theatre and Fifth Third Bank

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The American Red Cross, Actors Theatre, Fifth Third Bank and 106.9 Play are teaming up for a “spook-tak-ular” cause: a blood drive guaranteed to terrify vampires and help patients in need this fall.

The 13th Annual Dracula Blood Drive will take place Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown on Fourth Street Live, 401 S. Fourth St., (in front of Fifth Third Bank).

All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming performance of Fifth Third Bank’s “Dracula”, as well as receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sport Clips and enjoy free pizza from Birracibo and a free pint of ice cream courtesy of Velvet Ice Cream, while supplies last.

“For 12 years, Actors Theatre and Fifth Third Bank have helped give back to the community by collecting 500 pints of lifesaving blood and helping to increase the blood supply,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment, American Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region.

“We thank them and the generous donors and volunteers who come out every year to help make this drive a success for patients.”

Just as blood represents life to Dracula, it helps to save lives of hospital patients in need. Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.