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For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2013

'Give a Pint, Get a Pound' returns for National Blood Donor Month

Kick-Off blood drive set for Jan. 2; Receive a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee when you donate blood at any Southcoast Blood Bank location


Blood donor Steve Macedo and blood recipient Becca Alves, join the Southcoast Blood Bank Team and Dunkin Donuts to celebrate the 2014 Give a Pint, Get a Pound promotion. (Pictured left to right: Becca Alves, Southcoast Blood Recipient; Eddie Correia, Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee; Rob Adrian, Operations Manager of Dunkin' Brands; Bob Mongeon, Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee; Bernie Kenney, Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee; Steve Macedle, Southcoast Blood Donor; Kevin Medeiros, Southcoast Health Van Driver; Cathy Alegria, Southcoast Donor Program Coordinator)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass - Southcoast® Blood Bank's annual promotion, "Give a Pint, Get a Pound" featuring Dunkin' Donuts coffee, returns to the region during National Blood Donor Month this January.

In January 2014, anyone who donates blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital or at any Southcoast community blood drive will receive a certificate for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Coupons are redeemable at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants while supplies last.

Kick-Off Blood Drive
Join FUN 107, WBSM, Dunkin' Donuts and Southcoast for the second annual Kick-Off blood drive on Thursday, January 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the FUN 107 /WBSM plaza, 22 Sconticut Road in Fairhaven.

In addition to the pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee, all who donate at the Kick-Off blood drive will be entered into a free raffle for a chance to win prizes including family four-packs of tickets to the Providence Bruins.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome! To schedule an appointment for the Kick-Off blood drive at FUN 107 /WBSM, call 800-497-1727.

John Laverty, MD, Medical Director of the Southcoast Blood Bank said, "Southcoast is very grateful to once again partner with local Dunkin' Donuts restaurants for this wonderful promotion. Their commitment and support is a great gift to the community, especially during the winter months when blood donations tend to be slow. When you donate at a Southcoast location you are keeping our community blood supply strong."

The Southcoast Blood Bank must collect more than 16,000 pints of blood a year. Currently through local donor programs, the Southcoast Blood Bank collects 6,500 pints a year, which is less than half of the blood needed to supply Southcoast Hospitals and the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care. The remainder of the blood is purchased from external sources and, therefore, dependent on the national blood supply. The Southcoast Blood Bank provides blood for emergencies, for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses and for patients having surgery.

"Dunkin' Donuts is honored to partner with the Southcoast Blood Bank for the Give a Pint, Get a Pound promotion once again," said Michael Mahon, Field Marketing Manager for Dunkin' Donuts. "Giving blood is great way to give the gift of life this holiday season, and we hope that receiving a pound of delicious Dunkin' Donuts coffee will help encourage our neighbors to reach out this January at a time when it's needed most."

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
Southcoast hosts blood drives throughout the region on the Southcoast Health Van and at local businesses. To find a list of community blood drives during the month of January, please visit our website at www.southcoast.org/bloodbank . 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.


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



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

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.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast through social media at www.southcoast.org/connect/.


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