Dunkin’ and American Red Cross Team up to Celebrate National Blood Donor Month this January
Dunkin’s across North Carolina and the American Red Cross to give out 25,000 vouchers for a free Medium Hot Coffee and a free Classic Donut to blood and platelet donors
January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to recognize the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. To celebrate, Dunkin’ is teaming up with the American Red Cross to provide 25,000 vouchers for a free Medium Iced Coffee and a Classic Donut for Red Cross blood and platelet donors in North Carolina.
Throughout January, presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free Medium Iced Coffee and a free Classic Donut, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ restaurants in the Charlotte region, while supplies last. The vouchers are not redeemable for cash. *
As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation. However, blood and platelets are needed each day to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on.
“As the pandemic wears on into the New Year, blood donations remain essential to the health of our communities,” said Angela Powley, Regional Donor Services Executive, American Red Cross. “Our collaboration with Dunkin’ allows us to thank our donors with a special gift this January and helps ensure blood products are available for patients.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
“Dunkin’ and our local franchisees want to do all we can to support those who are giving back to our community during this time of need,” said Melissa Goulette, Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’. “We are excited to once again team up with the American Red Cross and hope that by providing donors with a free Medium Iced Coffee and Donut, Dunkin’ will encourage the Charlotte community to stop by a donation center and roll up a sleeve to help save lives.”
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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OFFER NOT VALID ON MOBILE APP ORDERS. Donut: Excludes Fancies and Specialty Donuts. Dairy alternative, espresso shots, cold foam and flavors may be an additional charge. Limit one per customer per visit. Shop must retain coupon. May not be combined with other offers or promotions. No substitutions. Consumer must pay applicable tax. Void if copied, transferred or sold and where prohibited or restricted by law. Cash Value 1/20 of 1 cent. Good at participating Dunkin’ locations in Columbia, SC, Charleston, SC, Greenville, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Augusta, GA, Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Wilmington, NC, Durham, NC, Asheville, NC, Winston-Salem, NC and Fayetteville, NC. Expires 2/28/22.
Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.
Save time during donation
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Health insights for donors
At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.
Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.
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About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, 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 deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.