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'Dark Shadows' Film Brings Need for Blood to Light

Vampire Barnabas Collins may be condemned to the shadows for eternity, but the American Red Cross and the gothic comedy film “Dark Shadows” are teaming up to bring to light the constant need for blood. Before “Dark Shadows” hits theaters May 11, blood donors are invited to join the Red Cross and help save lives.

The Red Cross is partnering with Warner Brothers on the release of “Dark Shadows”, starring Johnny Depp, to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood donation and to reward our donors with a once in a lifetime movie premiere experience!

From April 16 through May 8, all presenting blood donors at participating blood drives will receive a “Dark Shadows” themed donor sticker and be entered for a chance to win a private hometown screening of the film for up to 50 of their closest friends and family. Official movie posters will be provided to secondary prize winners. Blood donors will also have the chance to win other “Dark Shadows” merchandise including theater passes and more.

Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation’s health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing more than 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to some 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood. It has been among the first to help develop and implement testing for infectious diseases and is frequently the single major contributor to clinical trials to improve blood safety. Providing life-saving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.

If someone would like to give blood, they must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about Dark Shadows events, people can visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).