They Want to Take Your Blood

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Donor JC gets his blood sucked. Photo: Ellen Moynihan

This past weekend, an odd sight could be seen on Avenue A: Vampires giving blood. For six hours this Saturday, a van from the New York Blood Center parked in front of Vampire Freak, a store specializing in gothic and industrial clothing and accessories, for the store's second annual blood drive. “We tell people for every pint of blood they donate, they save three lives," said Jet Berelson, the store’s owner, not long after giving up a pint of his own. About twenty people ended up donating, most coming from the store, according to Milton Walker, supervisor and phlebotomist for New York Blood Center.