Starting Tuesday, August 1st, each donor will receive a voucher for a free or discounted beverage from participating establishments.
KANSAS CITY – Community Blood Center (CBC) is kicking off its annual “Pint for a Pint” campaign on Tuesday, August 1st. As a part of this campaign, all presenting blood donors will receive a voucher to redeem a free or discounted beverage at their local participating brewery, winery or restaurant through Sunday, September 10.
Over twenty-five establishments are participating in the initiative across the region; you can find a full list of CBC Pint for a Pint partners here. The annual campaign seeks to motivate blood donors to come out in the summer months; August is a historically challenging time for the blood supply due to school breaks and busy summer schedules. Unfortunately, blood donations in the region have still not returned to pre-pandemic levels as fewer schools, businesses and organizations are hosting blood drives. Currently, the blood supply stands at a 3-4 day level, below the ideal inventory of 7-10 days.
“The summer months always present challenges in the blood industry due to low donations caused by school breaks, vacations, and busy summer schedules,” said Patsy Shipley, Vice President at Community Blood Center. “We’re grateful to our local brewery, winery, and restaurant partners for stepping in to help when we need it most. We urge donors to take advantage of this fun summer campaign that allows them to save lives and support local businesses.”
As part of the Pint for a Pint initiative, CBC is hosting two blood drives at local breweries:
“Showing gratitude to those who are willing to donate blood, especially during challenging times, is the least we can do to support Community Blood Center,” said Julie Weeks, Vice President of Communications at Boulevard Brewing Company. “We appreciate CBC for including us in such an important task needed throughout our area, and hope you can join the cause. Beer is on Boulevard if you can!”
“Community Blood Center does an amazing job saving lives every day and we are honored to play a small part in their mission,” said MacKenzie Magwire, Events & Marketing Manager at Crane Brewing. “Our Raytown community does an amazing job of showing up to our quarterly blood drives and a majority of them never even use their coupon. It’s all about saving lives and that is why we love the Pint for Pint program!”
All CBC donor centers and most blood drives are participating in this initiative. Blood donors cannot redeem their voucher on the day of their donation. To make an appointment call 877.468.6844 or visit savealifenow.org/pint.