BANGOR -¬† The American Red Cross and Friendly‚Äôs Ice Cream, a full-service family dining chain of more than 500 restaurants, are partnering to help ensure that blood is available for patients in need this July. Donors who come out to donate this month will enjoy a sweet treat courtesy of Friendly‚Äôs.
Everyone who comes in to donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Northeastern Pennsylvania and parts of New York during July will receive a coupon for a free* carton of Friendly‚Äôs ice cream, redeemable at participating Friendly‚Äôs restaurants.
By providing this special offer to blood donors throughout the Northeast, Friendly‚Äôs is helping to boost the community blood supply in seven states this July. The summertime is a traditionally challenging time for blood collection because schools are out of session and hot weather or summer vacations can keep people from donating. This promotion comes at the same time Friendly‚Äôs is celebrating its 75th anniversary on July 18th.
‚ÄúThe American Red Cross is thrilled to partner with Friendly‚Äôs during July, it‚Äôs one of the most difficult months for collecting blood,‚ÄĚ says Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, American Red Cross ‚Äď Northeast Division. ‚ÄúThe need for blood is constant and because of Friendly‚Äôs generous support, the Red Cross will be better able to provide lifesaving blood for patients in need.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe American Red Cross is a wonderful organization, and we are honored to partner with them on this project,‚ÄĚ says Ned Lidvall, Chief Executive Officer and President, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation. ‚ÄúSince life-saving blood supplies are at their lowest level in the summer and ice cream is the perfect summer treat, we believe our partnership makes great sense. We encourage everyone who is able to come out and donate blood at their local blood drive.‚ÄĚ
Blood is used for patients undergoing many 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 sustain medical treatment.
The Red Cross holds blood drives in communities seven days a week. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive near you and schedule an appointment to donate. It‚Äôs a pint of blood for you, but for another it could be a life saved.
* Donors may need to pay tax on the retail cost of the ice cream, where applicable.
Contact Name: Lisa Frazell
Telephone Number: (207)941-2900