Halloween is Thursday, but the Blood Thirsty Banquet is two days earlier.
The Park City Police Department is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday coinciding with Halloween week and hopes to schedule a drive annually in late October. The American Red Cross is teaming with the Police Department for the event.
Jessica Walker, a police dispatcher and one of the organizers of the blood drive, said she hopes 100 people donate on Tuesday. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Eccles Center.
"They really do save lives. It's that important," Walker said about blood drives.
In a release announcing the event, the organizers indicate that three people can be saved with every pint of blood that is donated. The victim of an accident, the release said, could need 100 pints.
"The need is constant. The gratification is instant," the release says.
Someone needs to be at least 16 years old to donate blood and there is a minimum weight of 110 pounds for people wanting to donate. Donors must not be taking antibiotics at the time they give blood, the organizers said.
The Fraternal Order of Police is providing lunch for people who donate.
The organizers encourage people to make an appointment. They can be made online at www.redcrossblood.org. In the 'Find a blood drive near you' box, select 'Enter a Sponsor Code.' Enter "PCPD" in the box for information about the blood drive and to make an appointment.
Someone may also schedule an appointment by contacting Jessica Nelson, another police dispatcher. She is reachable at 659-8043 or email@example.com.
The American Red Cross suggests someone eat a small meal beforehand and bring to the blood drive identification and a list of medicines they take.