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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 2, 2021

Contact: Kara LeBlanc, kleblanc@ribc.org

EIGHT LOCAL BREWERIES PARTNER WITH RHODE ISLAND BLOOD CENTER FOR “PINT FOR PINT” BLOOD DONATIONS

All presenting donors at RIBC’s donor centers and select blood drives will receive a coupon for a free pint of beer and a chance to win a $100 e-gift card.

PROVIDENCE — Eight local breweries are teaming up with Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) to encourage New Englanders to donate blood in August, a notoriously difficult time to ensure a steady blood supply.

During the month of August, all presenting donors at RIBC’s six donor centers and select mobile blood drives, who are 21 or older, can choose to receive a coupon for a free pint of beer. A typical blood donation is one pint, which can help save up to three lives. Participating Rhode Island breweries include Whalers Brewing Company in South Kingstown, Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly, Linesider in East Greenwich, The Guild in Pawtucket, Proclamation Ale Company in Warwick, Apponaug Brewing Company in Warwick, Bravo Brewing Company in Pascoag, and Taproot Brewing Company in Middletown. To ensure there is something for everyone, all presenting donors 16+ years of age will be automatically entered to win a $100 e-gift card when they donate in August.

“During the summertime, we are competing with beautiful beach days, vacations, and schools that regularly hold drives not being in session. Now that larger venues are opening up and more people are vaccinated, they are really enjoying a summer that was lost to them last year,” says Kara LeBlanc, Manager of Marketing Communications at RIBC. “Patients, however, do not get a break from needing blood. Just a little of a donor’s time can mean a lifetime for someone else. We’re grateful for the eight local breweries – the most since the Pint for Pint program began in 2018 – coming together this year to prevent summer blood shortages.”

Tamara McKenney, owner of Apponaug Brewing Company said, “As a long-time blood donor, I was beyond excited to be a part of this program with the other breweries. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to give blood. Hopefully, this program will encourage people to give this month and become blood donors. Giving blood takes about the same amount of time as it does to come to one of the local breweries and enjoy a cold pint of beer. Both will be well worth your time!”

Blood is needed to help women and newborns during complications with childbirth; patients battling cancer or undergoing chemotherapy; victims of trauma or severe burns; people with heart and kidney diseases and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia; and individuals who need surgery and organ transplants.

Donors 16 years and older are eligible for the $100 e-gift card drawing. Donors must be 21 years of age to participate in the Pint for Pint program. To encourage responsible drinking, coupons cannot be redeemed on the same day as the blood or platelet donation. Breweries strictly enforce checking identification of patrons to ensure they are of legal drinking age. Donors can schedule appointments by calling 401.453.8383 or visiting ribc.org. For a list of participating mobile drives visit ribc.org/pints.

ABOUT RHODE ISLAND BLOOD CENTER

A division of New York Blood Center Enterprises, Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit community blood center. For over 40 years, RIBC has been the primary supplier of blood and blood products to patients being cared for in hospitals throughout New England. Our mission is to help save lives by ensuring a safe and plentiful blood supply to the hospitals and patients we serve. RIBC is also part of the National Marrow Donor Program and collects stem cells for transplant at its Providence location. RIBC provides therapeutic treatments for patients in local hospitals. Its state-of-the-art laboratory performs donor testing for over 400,000 donations per year. RIBC is also involved in a variety of local and national research programs in an effort to improve all aspects of the blood supply.  For more information, visit ribc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.