PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Phoenixville, Pennsylvania is the place to be on Monday, Oct. 1 when seven local craft establishments will face off to see who can recruit the most eligible blood donors during an American Red Cross Battle of the Breweries blood drive competition.
The blood drive runs from 2-7 p.m. in the Game Room at Root Down Brewing Company, 1 N. Main St., Phoenixville. Free parking is available behind the brewery, courtesy of Phoenix Village.
Presenting blood donors are invited to cast a vote for their favorite establishment. Participants include Black Walnut Winery, Bluebird Distilling, Conshohocken Brewing Company, Crowded Castle Brewing Company, Rebel Hill Brewing Company, Root Down Brewing Company and Stable 12 Brewing Company. They are joined by Steel City Coffee House and Your Mom’s Place, which will be offering pre-blood drive specials on Oct. 1 to ensure donors are well fed before they give blood.
All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last, as well as a special incentive from the craft establishment for which they cast their vote. Offers and items are non-transferrable and are not redeemable for cash.
Phoenixville Battle of the Breweries is the first blood drive of its kind on the East Coast, and only the second in the United States.
“The support from Phoenixville’s business community has been outstanding,” said Alana Mauger, communications manager, Red Cross Penn Jersey Blood Services region. “With nine establishments on board in the first year, we can’t wait to see how this event will grow!”
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent in Pennsylvania and New Jersey), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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