Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month
All those who give blood or platelets in January will receive
a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card
BURLINGTON, VT (December 16, 2015) — The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2016, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.
For the ninth year, the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts will partner in January to help increase donations and reward generous donors during National Blood Donor Month. Through the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card*. The DD Card can be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin’ Donuts – including coffee, hot chocolate, and baked goods, among other items. In addition, the DD gift card features a Red Cross logo, is reloadable and can also be enrolled in the DD Perks® Rewards program.
National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. It has been observed during January since 1970, and that’s no coincidence. Winter is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Unpredictable winter weather can result in blood drive cancelations, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. With a shelf life of 42 days, red blood cells must be constantly replenished to maintain an adequate supply for patients. Individuals who come out to give blood Jan. 1 through Jan. 4 will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
1/12/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Legion Middlebury, 49 Wilson Rd.
1/6/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Baptist Church of Bennington, 601 Main St
1/13/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street
1/6/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Danville Congregational Church, 87 Hill St.
1/4/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Groton Community Building, 314 Scott Highway
1/14/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave
1/7/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Edlund Company, 159 Industrial Pkwy
1/9/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Burlington Town Center, Burlington Town Center, Upper Level between Spencer’s & Famous Footwear
1/7/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Albert D Lawton School, 104 Maple Street
1/13/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Jude’s Parish Hall, Route 116
1/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Shelburne Town Center, 5420 Shelburne Road
1/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Rock of Greater Burlington, 73 Thompson St.
1/9/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., University Mall, 155 Dorset Street
1/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., My Web Grocer, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way
1/4/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holy Angels Church, 247 Lake St.
1/15/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW, 28 Pleasant Street
1/14/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Stowe Area Assoc., 51 Main Street
1/5/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Our Lady of Angels Catholic, 43 Hebard Hill
1/14/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church, 67 Gecha Lane
1/2/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Proctor High School, 4 Park Street
1/8/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court Street
1/11/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Barre ELKS, 10 Jefferson Street
1/12/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 US Route 2
1/14/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 792, 792 Pioneer St
1/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St
1/7/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 63, 48 Depot Sq
1/5/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Cabot Creamery, 193 Home Farm Way
1/5/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Carl M Dessaint VFW Post 1034, 40 Black Mountain Road
1/15/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion, 4 Court Street
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.
*DD Cards are redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Dunkin’ Donor Cards are non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.