ONTARIO — The Red Cross was out to gather life-saving blood last week, but not at a traditional location. The mobile unit was at Second & Vine Bistro for the latest round of Pint for a Pint on Aug. 2. Donors, or those who at least show up to try to give, receive drink vouchers.
Terry Dols, co-owner of Second and Vine Bistro, said the restaurant has been in partnership with the Red Cross for about 18 months, and they put on the event every quarter.
“The Red Cross really likes this drive a lot,” he said of the alternative to traditional blood donation. He said an informal approach to donating is more appealing to some people because it is less intimidating. Dols said recruiters don’t have to spend a lot of time finding donors because the voucher incentive does that.
Anyone who shows up to donate blood will receive a voucher whether or not they qualify to give. Donors must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and should be feeling well that day and in good health, among other qualifications. The Red Cross website has further guidelines on donor qualifications.
The next Pint for a Pint drive is set for November.