BY AUBURN MANN
This Halloween weekend, someone wants your blood. On Saturday, the National Cartoonist Society will partner with the American Red Cross and Seekers Church for the third consecutive Cartoonists Draw Blood in the Takoma Park area. The event will be held between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Seekers Church on 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington DC.
“We want to raise public awareness about blood donation,” said Cartoonist Draw Blood Co-Chair and DC Chapter of National Cartoonists Society’s Carolyn Belefski. It is a simple few minute process that requires a quick prick of the skin to produce a pint of blood.
Cartoonists working on sketches at the 2014 Cartoonists Draw Blood event.
Either through walk-In or formal registration, all donations are welcome. Since this year’s blood bank is occurring on Halloween, Belefski said that they are encouraging donors to come dressed in their costumes.
After each blood donation, donors can receive complimentary custom-made drawings from area cartoonists. This offers “a chance for people from the community to meet and chat with local cartoonists in person,” said Belefski. This year will feature nine cartoonists: award-winning political cartoonist Steve Artley, Teresa Logan, Joe Sutliff, Chris Flick, Eric Gordon, Mal Jones and Takoma Park cartoonists Art Hondros and William Brown.
A sketch for a blood donor.
The art can be anything, from a fun caricature of the donor, their spouse, children, favorite animal or or anything else they desire; it’s “strictly to the donor’s preference. Also, the Red Cross will be providing each donor with coupons to Firehouse Subs.
To register for an appointment email Cartoonistsdrawblood@gmail.com, or else just stop by Seekers Church this Saturday morning and afternoon.
More information at the Cartoonists Draw Blood Facebook page.