Princess Leia, Capt. Kirk take blood in Portland

Galaxy Blood Drive is way to boost blood donations during holidays

The annual Galaxy Blood Drive helped the Red Cross collect blood during the holidays, Dec. 27, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The annual Galaxy Blood Drive helped the Red Cross collect blood during the holidays, Dec. 27, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Princess Leia, Captain Kirk and other characters from Star Wars and Star Trek took blood from people in North Portland Saturday.

The annual Galaxy Blood Drive is a way to boost blood donations during the holidays when donations traditionally taper off dramatically.

“As the holiday season comes to an end, we ask people to give one last gift — the gift of a blood or platelet donation,” said Jared Schultzman with the Red Cross. “A blood or platelet donation can mean life or death for a patient in need.”

The Stormtroopers collected almost twice as much blood as the Klingons in the friendly competition that overall generated 99 pints of blood.

For more information, contact the Red Cross at 1.800.RED.CROSS or online at RedCross.org

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