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For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2013


Destination Soups teams up with the Southcoast Blood Bank to offer donors a delicious treat

During the month of August, all donors will receive a certificate for a free cup of soup or a mini grilled cheese

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke’s Hospital has teamed up with Destination Soups to offer donors a delicious treat during the month of August.

Anyone who donates blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke’s Hospital, or at any of the community blood drives hosted by the Southcoast Blood Bank during the month of August, will receive a certificate for a free cup of soup or a mini grilled cheese redeemable at Destination Soups, 149 Union Street in New Bedford.

“We are grateful to local partners like Destination Soups for understanding the importance in keeping our local blood supply strong,” said John Laverty, MD, Medical Director of the Southcoast Blood Bank. “Their commitment and support is a great gift to the community, especially during the summer months when blood donations tend to be down.”

Destination Soups is open six days a week with new dinner hours. Their hours are Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. For more information on Destination Soups including their daily specials, visit www.destinationsoups.com.

Urgent Need for Type O Blood
The Southcoast Blood Bank is in urgent need of Type O blood. Donations of Type O blood would be greatly appreciated at this time. Type O blood is used in emergency situations when the blood type of the patient is unknown.

In the summer, people are more active which leads to an increased amount of bicycle, motorcycle, boating and pedestrian accidents. At the same time, blood donations are much lower during the summer months because so many people are on vacation or are busy with other summertime activities. As a direct result, Type O blood is at critically low levels and is in need of replenishment.

As always, all blood types are welcome and are greatly appreciated at Southcoast.

You have a choice! Donate local.
The Southcoast Blood Bank is the only blood donation venue that directly supports the South Coast communities’ blood supply. When you donate blood at a Southcoast-sponsored blood drive you are helping to keep your local blood supply strong — so it is there when you need it.

Where to donate
Community Blood Drives: Southcoast hosts blood drives throughout the region on the Southcoast Health Van and at local businesses. To schedule a free blood drive, please call Catherine Alegria, Southcoast Blood Donor Coordinator, at 508-993-0430 or by email at alegriac@southcoast.org.

The following is a full list of community blood drives taking place during the month of August:

WAREHAM
Friday, August 2
Tobey Hospital
43 High St., Wareham
Blood Drive
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

SWANSEA
Sunday, August 4
Swansea Ambulance
285 Wilbur Ave., Swansea
Blood Drive
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

NEW BEDFORD
Thursday, August 8
Kennedy Donovan Center
19 Hawthorn Street
Blood Drive
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ASSONET
Saturday, August 10
St. Bernard's Church
32 South Main Street
Blood Drive
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WAREHAM
Sunday, August 11
Elaine Vass Santos Memorial Blood Drive
Wareham Crossing
2421 Cranberry Highway
Blood Drive
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NEW BEDFORD
Wednesday, August 21
Rare Disease Awareness Network
St. Luke's Hospital Donor Room
101 Page Street
Blood Drive
2 to 7 p.m.

NEW BEDFORD
Tuesday, August 27
Salter School
950 Kings Highway
Blood Drive
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

FALL RIVER
Friday, August 30
Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Blood Drive
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The Southcoast Blood Bank: Individuals can also donate at the Southcoast Blood Bank located at St. Luke’s Hospital, 101 Page Street, New Bedford, off the main lobby. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 2:30 p.m. The Southcoast Blood Bank will be closed on and August 10. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For more information, or to make an appointment call 508-961-5320 or visit, www.southcoast.org/bloodbank/.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-973-5280
poyants@southcoast.org



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It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

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