Calling all Star Wars and Star Trek Fans!

The Galaxy Blood Drive Coming to Providence Public Library Saturday, December 27

Attention all Star Wars and Star Trek Fans! The Galaxy Blood Drive is coming to a library near you. The Providence Public Library will welcome costumed fans of Star Wars and Star Trek on Saturday, December 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to a family-friendly blood drive at the Library located at 150 Empire Street in Providence. The blood drive, which will take place in the Library's 1st floor Ship Room, will help save lives with blood donations during the holiday season.

"The holidays can be a challenging time for blood donations, particularly the period between Christmas and New Year's," said Eric St. Peter, account manager for the Rhode Island Blood Center. "It's also a time of year when hospitals have a greater need for blood units."

By giving blood at the event, Star Wars and Star Trek fans can also cast their vote for their favorite franchise. Ryder Windham, an author of numerous Star Wars books who helped organize the blood drive, says the competition is all in fun. "The goal of the costumer clubs is the help the Rhode Island Blood Center save lives, and also to entertain children and their families at the Providence Public Library. It's a fun opportunity for everyone to visit the Library, and it's a great cause."

According to the Blood Center's St. Peter, the Blood Center needs to collect 250 to 280 pints a day to assure a readily available supply for patients in all Rhode Island hospitals. "We really appreciate the support of the community, especially during the holiday season."

About the Rhode Island Blood Center

The Rhode Island Blood Center, founded in 1979, collects some 280 units of blood every day, distributing blood products primarily to patients in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is the sole supplier of blood products to hospitals in Rhode Island. To donate blood and platelets individuals must be 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Sixteen-year-olds may donate if they weigh 130 pounds, have a parental permission slip (available on the Blood Center’s web site), and be in general good health. For information about blood drives, donor centers, and blood facts, visit the Rhode Island Blood Center’s web site,