With the help of a generous donation from Papa John’s, presenting American Red Cross blood donors in several cities across North Carolina will receive a free medium 1-topping pizza. This offer comes as the Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am so thankful to work for a company that is dedicated to helping our communities during the pandemic. When we heard about the need for blood donations, I reached out to the Red Cross to see if there was a way that we could help,” said Mike Smith, Vice President Operations, Papa John’s International. “The organization has been a great partnership from the very beginning, and we are grateful for the ability to help during this time.”
As a thank you for responding to the urgent need for blood, presenting donors at community blood drives in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington and surrounding areas will receive a coupon for a free medium 1-topping pizza while supplies last, through June 30, 2020.
“We are grateful for Papa John’s commitment to bringing awareness to the constant need for blood. Additionally, the team doesn’t hesitate to roll up their sleeves and do their part to provide potentially lifesaving transfusions for patients,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive, Eastern NC Red Cross.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.