OCT 24—Local and regional cartoonists will be drawing for blood donors this Saturday, October 29.
As the American Red Cross draws blood from volunteer donors, eleven leading cartoonists from the DC area will be there to draw a complimentary sketch for all who give blood. The fourth annual Cartoonists Draw Blood event is at Seekers Church (276 Carroll Street, NW in Washington, DC 20012 — one block from Takoma Metro).
Some of the donors arrived in costume last year. Photo courtesy Curls Studio/Cartoonists Draw Blood.
The day is sponsored by Cartoonists Draw Blood, the American Red Cross, the National Cartoonists Society and Seekers Church; the featured cartoonists are Steve Artley, Carolyn Belefski, Eric Gordon, Mal Jones, Bill Brown, Liz Reed, Kerry Johnson, Joe Sutliff, Kyra Taub, and Art Hondros. Takoma Park cartoonists Eric Gordon, Art Hondros and Bill Brown (author of the Takoma Voice’s Citizen Bill cartoon feature) will attend. The three participated in a July live-sketching of the Takoma Park City Council meeting. And the group had an art exhibit, Stylized Notions, at the city community center last summer.
A happy donor with her free sketch, 2015. Photo courtesy Curls Studio/Cartoonists Draw Blood.
Organizer Carolyn Belefski, chair of the Washington, DC chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, developed the idea because “it is a great opportunity for cartoonists to use their skills in a positive way and connect with the local community. Additionally, when we did the blood drive last fall, we saved the lives of up to 90 strangers and the American Red Cross asked us to do another drive!”
Cartoonists draw as donors look on. Photo courtesy Curls Studio/Cartoonists Draw Blood.
Blood donors can sign up for appointments every 15 minutes between 10am and 3:30pm. Blood donors are requested to email drive coordinators Belefski and Troy-Jeffrey Allen with their preferred appointment time. Walk-in blood donations are also accepted. On the day, donors should drink plenty of fluids, include iron-rich foods in their diet, bring a list of current medications and bring a photo ID.