ASHBURN, VA — Dunkin' Donuts locations, including three in the Ashburn area, are participating in a coffee giveaway this month to help the American Red Cross highlight the importance of giving blood and platelets.
As part of National Blood Donor Month, Dunkin' of the Washington Metropolitan Area is providing the American Red Cross with 10,000 coupons for a free pound packaged ground coffee.
These coupons can be redeemed at any of Dunkin's local restaurants, including these in the Ashburn area:
42876 Truro Parish Drive, Ashburn, VA 20148
44110 Ashburn Village Boulevard, Ashburn, VA 20147
44135 Ashbrook Marketplace Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
The free coffee promotion comes at a critical time for the American Red Cross, which has experienced a drop in donor turnout lately.
"Historically low blood supply levels not seen in more than a decade persist for the American Red Cross," said Lisa Macaluso, regional donor services executive for the Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region, in a release. "School breaks and winter weather often lead to lower donor turnout too, potentially further compounding the situation."
COVID-19 may also be contributing to people's hesitancy in donating blood or platelets, which are needed daily to help patients fighting disease and other unexpected medical challenges.
The Red Cross offers number of convenient ways for people to schedule a donation appointment. They can do so by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting RedCrossBlood.org. They can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or even enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
"Dunkin' and our local franchisees want to do all we can to support those who are giving back to our community during this time of need," said Colleen Krygiel, field marketing manager for Dunkin' in a release. "We are excited to once again team up with the American Red Cross and hope that providing donors with this incentive will encourage the community to stop by a donation center and roll up a sleeve to help save lives."