Blood drive campaign exceeds first-year results – New York News

BALLSTON SPA — The American Red Cross and Stewart’s Shops Give a Pint, Get a Pint program has been labeled a success, with more than 6,800 units of blood donated in June by residents from 20 Eastern New York counties.

Stewarts, which announced the results Thursday, said the drive garnered more than 6,000 units of blood last year. So far this year, 2,700 of those who donated during the campaign had redeemed vouchers for free pints of Stewart’s Shops ice cream or gelato, the company said, in a prepared statement.

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.  In the organization’s New-York Penn Region, an estimated 1,000 blood and platelet donations are needed every day to serve patients in approximately 90 hospitals.

“The Stewart’s Shops Give a Pint, Get a Pint partnership continues to be a wonderful success,” said Sonja Ronovech, donor recruitment manager for the Red Cross’s NY-Penn Region Blood Services department. “It’s thanks to community partners like Stewart’s Shops and our thousands of dedicated blood donors that the Red Cross can fulfill its lifesaving mission.”

“We gave them pint of ice cream, but blood donors are giving so much more,” said Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake. “They are helping to save lives. We’re truly impressed by the donor turnout this June and hope that the Red Cross continues to see that incredible support all year long.”

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