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Starting Tuesday, August 1st, each donor will receive a voucher for a free or discounted beverage at participating establishments

MINNESOTA – Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is kicking off its annual “Pint for a Pint” campaign on Tuesday, August 1st. As a part of this campaign, all presenting blood donors will receive a voucher to redeem a free or discounted beverage at their local participating brewery or restaurant through Sunday, September 10.

Eight establishments are participating in the initiative across the region. Find a full list of MBC partners here. All donor centers and most blood drives are participating in this initiative. Blood donors cannot redeem their voucher on the day of their donation. Find the nearest donor center or blood drive.

The annual campaign seeks to motivate blood donors to come out in the summer months as August is a historically challenging time for the blood supply. Unfortunately, blood donations in the region have still not returned to pre-pandemic levels as fewer schools, businesses and organizations are hosting blood drives.

“The summer months always present challenges in the blood industry due to low donations caused by school breaks, vacations, and busy summer schedules,” said Kathy Geist, Vice President at Memorial Blood Centers. “We’re grateful to our local brewery and restaurant partners for stepping in to help when we need it most. We urge donors to take advantage of this fun summer campaign that allows them to save lives and support local businesses.”