PHILADELPHIA — Local blood donors are in for a sweet treat this August! Dunkin’ Donuts in Greater Philadelphia is partnering with the American Red Cross to provide 25,000 coupons for Red Cross blood donors in the region.
Throughout the month of August, presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free medium Iced Coffee and a free classic donut, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Greater Philadelphia Region, while supplies last.
Summer is a challenging time for blood collection, and right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Locally, the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region must collect about 1,000 donations every day to meet patient need.
“It only takes an hour – two if you’re giving platelets – to be a lifesaver,” said Guy Triano, donor recruitment director for the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “As you’re making your final summer plans this month, make a blood or platelet donation appointment a part of them and receive this special gift from Dunkin’ Donuts.”
“Dunkin’ Donuts is once again honored to partner with the American Red Cross during the month of August,” said Jessica Weissman, field marketing manager, Dunkin’ Brands. “We hope the offer of a free medium Iced Coffee and a free classic donut from Dunkin’ Donuts will encourage more blood donors to roll up their sleeves this month to help save more lives in our community.”
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App
, visit redcrossblood.org
or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
and follow the instructions on the site.
About Dunkin' Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit DunkinDonuts.com
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org
, or join us on Twitter at @RedCross