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Knitting Factory Offers Concert Tickets For Blood Donation 

Thursday, Jan. 3

Not to sound like some Twilight-obsessed vampire wannabes or anything, but the Knitting Factory wants your blood. Not all of it, just about 1 pint.

Perhaps you've donated blood before and left feeling queasy, with nothing but some stale crackers and orange slices. But fear not, because this ain't your grandmother's blood drive.

On Thursday, Jan. 3, the concert house is teaming up with the American Red Cross for the Musicians Save Lives Blood Drive from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Besides starting 2013 with some major karma points—those will come in handy later—all donors receive some goodies in return. In exchange for your blood, you score pizza from Little Caesar's and a pair of tickets to a future Knitting Factory concert.

But beware: The Red Cross folks are picky, they only accept blood from healthy adults age 17 or older who weigh more than 110 pounds. Visit the website for specific donation guidelines.

You need an appointment to donate blood, but it can easily be done online by visiting redcrossblood.org and using the keyword "knitting." Remember to take your ID to the event.

We can't speak for everyone, but there are very few things we wouldn't do for some free pizza and concert tickets, and giving blood to those who need it is hardly something to squirm about. Bonus: You will finally get to play out that weird Bella/Edward fantasy we know you've always had.

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