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December 29, 2013

'Give a pint, get a pound' to begin

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In honor of Blood Donor Awareness month, people who donate blood to the American Red Cross in January will receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

This is the seventh year the Red Cross has teamed up with the coffee chain for the “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” incentive. 

Mary Brant, communications manager for the American Red Cross’s Northern New England region, said that blood donations tend to lag during the holiday season in a statement for the New York News Connection. She said even regular donors often have their routines changed by holiday activities.

According to the American Red Cross website, one donation can save the lives of up to three people.

The promotion starts Wednesday. Donors will receive a voucher that they can trade in at Dunkin’ Donuts for a bag of coffee.

The Red Cross said 17 is the minimum age to donate blood, but 16-year-olds may donate with parent permission.

Nearby blood drives in the month of January will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at Family Video in Lockport, 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at Faith Lutheran Church in Newfane, and from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and 28 at The Dale Association, 33 Ontario St. in Lockport.

Other dates include from 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Ransomville Baptist Church, Ransomville, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Faith United Methodist Church in Barker.

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