Prick or treat: Local rotary club hosts Halloween-themed plasma drive

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They’re out for blood!

Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club members are calling for non-squeamish locals to literally give of themselves at a Halloween-themed blood drive on Oct. 15 where the brave souls who donate will be rewarded with trick-or-treat goody bags packed with sweets and protein-filled snacks, according to an organizer.

“We thought that we could have some good fun, like dressing up as vampires to make people laugh, by hosting it close to Halloween,” said Celia Weintrob, the club’s treasurer.

The event is being held from 9 am to 2 pm inside Brooklyn Heights’ Congregation Bnai Avraham synagogue at 117 Remsen St. between Clinton and Henry streets. And following the wave of recent natural disasters and tragic acts of violence in the country and beyond, now is the perfect time to participate, Weintrob said, noting how several people can be helped with just one pint of plasma.

“After all the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, and the largest mass shooting in the country, we’re all seeing non-stop videos of injured people who need blood,” she said. “Each pint donated can help up to three patients and directly saves lives.”

Sign up in advance for the Brooklyn Bridge Rotary Club’s drive at

Updated 5:54 pm, July 9, 2018
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