LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2016) — The American Red Cross, Actors Theatre, Fifth Third Bank and 106.9 Play are teaming up for a “fang-tastic” cause: a blood drive guaranteed to frighten vampires and help patients in need this fall. The 12th annual Actors Theatre Dracula Blood Drive will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7, 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 in the canteen, while supplies last. Additionally, “Louisville’s favorite vampire,” Dracula will be on hand to take pictures and 106.9 Play will broadcast live.
“Our partners and area donors are truly passionate about helping the community — and they prove it year after year by rolling up a sleeve and helping save lives,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment, American Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. We’re thankful for the support and invite all eligible donors to come out and surprise Dracula by giving blood to help patients in need.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are 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 and transfusion centers nationwide.
Actors Theatre Dracula Blood Drive
Wednesday, Sept. 7
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
401 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(In front of Fifth Third Bank)
How to donate blood
To schedule an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: ACTORSTHEATREKY or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or redcross.org/cruz-roja, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.