Blood center offers free beer to donors despite supply shortage

This blood is for you.

The nonprofit New York Blood Center is offering a free beer with every donation as it faces a blood shortage in the New York area.

People who donate blood during the ‘Pint for a Pint’ campaign until September 10 will receive a voucher which can be redeemed at 25 breweries or restaurants for a pint of beer, cider or another drink – but they cannot cash them on the day of the donation.

“All of our blood donor and collection centers are air-conditioned and donating blood could be a great break from the record-breaking heat,” said Andrea Cefarelli, senior vice president of the center, in a recent press release announcing the ‘effort.

“Best of all, we’ve partnered with breweries and restaurants across the region for free drinks as a thank you for your donation.”

New Yorkers who donate blood can get a free pint of beer at 25 participating bars through September 10.
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A pile of donated blood bags
The New York Blood Center declared an emergency last week when the blood supply was at a 1-2 day level.
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Bobby Daquara, owner of Greenhouse Case in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, piloted the “Pint for Pint” program in June and collected more than 100 donations and poured as many drinks.

“I think everyone loves beer,” Daquara told The Post. “It’s a fair way to say thank you for doing something good.”

Daquara held a series of blood drives called Haley’s Comets at the Greenhouse Cafe in memory of her daughter Haley Gray, who died aged 10.

Graphic illustration advertising New York Blood Center's Pint for A Pint campaign from August 1 to September 10
People who donate blood to the ‘Pint for a Pint’ campaign will receive a voucher which can be redeemed for a pint of beer, cider or another drink at participating bars.
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An incentive is always good for someone who would like to donate anyway, he said, “they don’t come for the pint, that’s for sure.”

The center declared a blood emergency last week, blaming its inventory drop on the ongoing heat wave, summer travel and a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Blood supply was at a 1-2 day level, “well below the ideal 5-7 day level,” the statement said.

Hands in blue medical gloves hold blood sample tubes
The New York Blood Center conducts daily blood drives at 19 locations.
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The center welcomes readers daily and has 19 donor centers, according to the statement.

Participating breweries include Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewing Company and Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Westchester County.

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