By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Twilight fans can serve their inner vampire with a little help from United Blood Services.
The blood donation center in Tupelo has special Twilight T-shirts for donors Wednesday through Friday in celebration of the opening of “Breaking Dawn: Part 2.”
The final installment of the movies based on the young adult novels by Stephanie Meyer will open Thursday. On Tuesday afternoon, the four Thursday night showings at Cinemark were sold out, but there were still tickets available for the all-day, five movie marathon that culminates with “Breaking Dawn: Part 2” and the double feature of Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2.
This is the second time United Blood Services in Tupelo has joined the Twilight fun, said Rhonda Weaver, donor recruitment supervisor. The center offered T-shirts – which proclaimed the wearer’s allegiance to Team Edward or Team Jacob – for the first part of “Breaking Dawn.”
“They loved the shirts,” Weaver said. “A lot of people wore them to the movie.”
This time around, the shirts proclaim “Forever is just the beginning.”
The need is critical as the center approaches the Thanksgiving holiday.
“We’re low this month already,” Weaver said. Twilight fans could go a long way in helping the center fill its shortage.
Nationally, there has been a drop in blood donations as flu, colds and allergies cut into the pool of willing donors. All blood types are needed, but O blood types are especially critical, Weaver said.
“Anybody with O negative should come as soon as they can,” Weaver said.
Donors must be 16 years old, in good health and at least 110 pounds. Sixteen-year-olds must have written permission from their parents to donate.
The center will be open normal hours next week except for Thanksgiving Day. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (662) 842-8871.