Ten members of the D.C. chapter of the National Cartoonists Society are participating in a blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Seekers Church near Takoma Metro at 276 Carroll Street, NW.
According to Carolyn Belefski, co-chair of the chapter, “It is a great opportunity for cartoonists to perform community service, showcase our talents, and save lives. We’ve done two previous blood drives, which have already saved the lives of up to 120 people.” The event will feature Belefski, Steve Artley, Bill Brown, Chris Flick, Eric Gordon, Art Hondros, Mal Jones, T.R. Logan, Liz Reed and Joe Sutliff.
The event, “Cartoonists Draw Blood”, said Belefki, “is meant to benefit everyone in our local community and has newsworthy impact because not only are we saving lives, but we are also having fun in the process. Since this year’s blood drive is on Halloween, we encourage attendees to come in costume, however it’s not required to give blood.”
Cartoonists will create sketches requested by those donating blood. In the past, the cartoonists have received requests for sketches related their kids, dogs and other animals – plus sketches of the donors .
Blood donors are encouraged sign up for appointments scheduled in 15-minute intervals between 10AM to 3:30PM and walk-ins are also welcome. To make an appointment, email: CartoonistsDrawBlood@gmail.com.
On the day of the blood drive, donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids, include iron-rich foods in their diet, and bring a list of medications they are taking and a photo ID. And, wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.
Donors will be able to meet the cartoonists and, as noted, receive a complimentary cartoon sketch.