The Vampire Diaries Requests: Starve a Vampire. Donate Blood.

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As a vampire series following on the heels of the Twilight Saga and True Blood, The Vampire Diaries knows it must differentiate itself in some way.

Enter a show-themed blood drive, a unique, charitable campaign that will help save lives and spread the word about this CW drama.

In conjunction with the American Red Cross, The Vampire Diaries is sponsoring a blood drive that will take place across 230 high school and college campuses around the country, according to Stephanie Millian, director for biomedical communications at the Red Cross in Washington.

Blood Drive

The Red Cross is also working with the network “to produce a public service announcement that will feature members of the cast,” Millian told The New York Times.

The partnership is “an opportunity to engage the younger members of our communities,” she added, adding that Americans between the ages of 16 and 22 represent “25 percent of our donors."

Damon Salvatore may disagree, but this sounds like an awfully cool idea.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.