To celebrate National Blood Donor Month, Dunkin' Donuts and the American Red Cross will offer a coupon for a free pound of coffee to all presenting blood donors during the month of January at blood drives in Vermont.
Dunkin' Donuts is joining the American Red Cross in thanking blood donors for giving of themselves to help others in need by giving away a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee to all presenting donors this January.
Patients in area hospitals need blood every day and one donation of blood may help save three lives. Winter is a time when blood donations are impacted due to the cold weather, snow and ice. The Give a Pint, Get a Pound campaign achieved great success last year and the American Red Cross exceeded blood collection goals.
Red Cross blood drives are held in cities and towns throughout Vermont and northern New Hampshire, where 200 pints must be collected daily to meet patient needs. The Red Cross Donor Center in Burlington, located at 32 North Prospect St., is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The success of the 2008 Give A Pint, Get A Pound campaign was instrumental in mitigating the impact of last winter's ongoing snow and ice storms by building up reserves in advance.
"We appreciate the support of Dunkin' Donuts. Through this campaign we are able to meet the needs of area patients and also thank blood donors who so generously give the gift of life," said Susan Parmer, R.N., CEO of American Red Cross Blood Services - Northern New England Region. "We are also grateful to Dunkin' Donuts for hosting blood drives and creating awareness about the need for blood in support of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month."
"Dunkin' Donuts is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and provide our coffee as a gift to those who give blood," Dana Hackett, manager for Dunkin' Donuts. "The objective of the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation is to serve those who serve others. We hope all eligible blood donors will give blood to help those in need."
This is the second year that Dunkin' Donuts and the American Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division are partnering to help increase the blood supply and awareness about the need for blood. This program was modeled after a partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center to increase the blood supply. The campaign now encompasses seven states during the month of January, National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.
The American Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division must distribute approximately 3,000 units of blood each day just to meet the basic needs of area patients. Only five percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do so. Blood must be available whenever and wherever it is needed for patients. Blood is used for surgical procedures, organ transplants, trauma and chemotherapy. For some patients, such as the victim of an automobile accident, the need for blood is sudden. For others, ongoing transfusions are needed to help sustain lifesaving medical treatment.
To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. For additional information regarding donor eligibility, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit www.newenglandblood.org.