Six local breweries are teaming up to encourage Rhode Islanders to donate blood during the summer months, a notoriously difficult time to ensure a steady blood supply, according to a recent update from the Rhode Island Blood Center.
During the month of August, all presenting donors at Rhode Island Blood Center’s (RIBC) six blood and platelet donation centers who are 21 or older can choose to receive a coupon for a free pint of beer.
Participating breweries include Whalers Brewing Company in South Kingstown, Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly, Foolproof in Pawtucket, The Guild in Pawtucket, Proclamation Ale Company in Warwick, and Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. in Newport.
According to RIBC, a typical blood donation is one pint, which can help save up to three lives by being processed into three blood products — red cells, platelets and plasma.
Blood is needed to help women and newborns during complications with childbirth; people battling cancer or undergoing chemotherapy; people who have suffered trauma or severe burns; people with heart and kidney disease and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia; and individuals who need surgery and organ transplants.
All presenting center donors in August will also be automatically entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to see the New England Patriots home opener at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, September 8. Donors 16 years and older will be eligible for the Patriot’s ticket drawing. Donors must be 21 years of age to participate in the pint for a 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.