BALTIMORE (August 1, 2016) — Local blood donors this August are in for a sweet surprise! Dunkin’ Donuts is partnering with the American Red Cross by providing coupons for a free medium Iced Coffee and donut for Red Cross blood donors in the greater Baltimore and metro Washington, D.C. region throughout the month of August.
“This August, donors will receive a voucher for a free medium Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee and a donut redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Greater Chesapeake Region, while supplies last,” said Natalie Haney, donor recruitment director for the Greater Chesapeake Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “It only takes an hour – two if you’re giving platelets – to be a lifesaver. So, 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.”
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
“Dunkin’ Donuts and our franchisees in this region are once again honored to partner with the American Red Cross during the month of August,” said Colleen Krygiel, Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Brands. “We hope the offer of a free medium Iced Coffee and donut from Dunkin’ Donuts will encourage more blood donors to roll up their sleeves this month to help save more lives in our region.”
To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow Dunkin’ Donuts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), or Twitter @DunkinBaltimore and @DCDunkin. To make an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
OFFER GOOD ONLY AT PARTICIPATING DUNKIN’ DONUTS LOCATIONS IN: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties, MD; Kent and New Castle counties, DE; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Salem, and Warren counties, NJ; Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties, PA; Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren counties, VA; Berkeley and Jefferson counties, WV; and Washington, D.C.*
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 10 years running. The company has more than 11,800 restaurants in 44 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 www.DunkinDonuts.com.
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 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.