July 31, 2023
Anyone who donates blood to the American Red Cross in August will receive a free coffee and a breakfast wrap from Dunkin'.
The coffee and donuts chain is again giving out food and drink vouchers to encourage people to donate blood or platelets. Each voucher can be redeemed for a medium hot or iced coffee and an egg-and-cheese wake-up wrap at Dunkin' stores in the greater Philadelphia region through September.
The vouchers are available to the first 25,000 people who donate blood. The promotion kicks off at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Red Cross donation center at 700 Spring Garden Street. Dunkin's Community Cruiser will be there to hand out iced coffee samples.
When Dunkin' ushers in its fall food and beverage lineup on Aug. 16, people will be able to use their vouchers to redeem coffees with pumpkin flavoring.
This summer, the American Red Cross has been sending blood donations to hospitals faster than they are coming in. It has collected 50,000 fewer blood donations than needed during the last two months, and is asking for donations to avoid a shortage.
Every two seconds in the United States, blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and people receiving care for cancer and sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations daily in order to provide blood to 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Donors can redeem their vouchers at Dunkin' stores in Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania. Participating stores in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem counties in New Jersey also are accepting vouchers. So are Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware.