The Darien Lions Club is out for blood—but not in a Twilight or Vampire Diaries sort of way.
The club will hold its annual blood drive next Tuesday at Lace Elementary School between 4:30 and 8 p.m.
For roughly 30 years, the club has sponsored the drive, which it now conducts in conjunction with local blood bank LifeSource, said this year’s event chair Rick Biehl.
In recent years, the club said it has collected roughly 50 pints of blood during the drive.
“It’s another way to help the community and give back to it for all it gives to us,” Biel said. More than two-dozen Lions typically donate during the drive, he said.
The Lions Club is one of five organizations that participate in the Darien Assurance Blood Program, each of which commits to sponsoring a blood drive every year.
Volunteers from the Lions Club will assist a LifeSource team with setting up the area for the drive, signing in donors and providing snacks.
The whole donation process takes about an hour, including registration and snack eating after it’s over, according to LifeSource’s website. However, donors will actually give blood for only about five to 10 minutes.
Though the time commitment is small, Biel said that the process is rewarding for those who choose to donate.
“It’s very important to us to conduct the drive because it’s very worthwhile just to help people this way,” Biel said.