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Dunkin' Donuts, American Red Cross team up again for 'Dunkin' Donors Make a Difference' blood drive


Wed, Dec 30th 2015 03:00 pm

Blood drive to be held Jan. 5 in Cheektowaga for the ninth consecutive year

Dunkin' Donuts announced it they would again partner with the American Red Cross for the "Dunkin' Donors Make a Difference" blood drive.

This is the ninth consecutive year for the program, which has collected more than 562,000 blood and platelet donors over its lifetime in all drive locations, including various locations throughout New York.

This year's blood drive will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Red Cross Donation Center, 3601 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

All those who come to donate blood or platelets will receive a $5 Dunkin' Donor Card, which can be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin' Donuts, including coffee, hot chocolate and the new chicken apple sausage breakfast sandwich, available all day. Dunkin' Donuts is offering this incentive to encourage donations during January, which is often a challenging month for blood donations due to tough wintery weather conditions and seasonal illnesses that can keep potential donors at home.

"We're proud to team up with the Red Cross again for the ninth consecutive year and are delighted to be able to thank blood donors with a Dunkin' Donor Card," said Abbey Celeste, Dunkin Donuts field marketing manager. "The donors are literally saving lives in their communities with their participation in the drive, and we're happy to be part of this wonderful event year after year."

To participate in this year's event, people can 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.

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, visit redcross.org or on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Dunkin' Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, doughnut, bagel and muffin categories.

For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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