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Free pound of coffee to blood donors

This is the second year that Dunkin' Donuts and the American Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division are partnering to help increase the blood supply and awareness about the need for blood. This program was modeled after a partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center to increase the blood supply. The campaign now encompasses seven states during the month of January, National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.

The American Red Cross Blood Services - Northeast Division must distribute approximately 3,000 units of blood each day just to meet the basic needs of area patients. Only five percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do so. Blood must be available whenever and wherever it is needed for patients. Blood is used for surgical procedures, organ transplants, trauma and chemotherapy. For some patients, such as the victim of an automobile accident, the need for blood is sudden. For others, ongoing transfusions are needed to help sustain lifesaving medical treatment.

To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. For additional information regarding donor eligibility, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit www.newenglandblood.org.

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