Krispy Kreme Is Giving Out Free Doughnuts If You Donate Blood This Month

published Jan 25, 2022
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In this photo illustration, Krispy Kreme Donuts are seen on May 09, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
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As National Blood Donor Month comes to a close, Krispy Kreme has partnered with the American Red Cross to urge people across the country to hopefully pull the organization out of its first-ever national blood crisis. The partnership comes just two weeks after the Red Cross sounded the alarm about the unprecedentedly low supply at U.S. blood banks — the result of nearly two full years of decreasing blood donations.

To raise awareness about both the current crisis and the importance of blood donations in general, Krispy Kreme is offering one dozen free glazed doughnuts to anyone who donates blood between today and January 31. The offer is valid at all Krispy Kreme locations and all donors have to do to claim their reward is simply present the sticker given to them at the end of their visit to an area donation center or show the confirmation displayed on the Red Cross.

“We’re grateful for all that the American Red Cross does for our country and we want to help them,” said Krispy Kreme CMO Dave Skena. “Hopefully a free Original Glazed dozen will increase awareness and even mobilize those who can give blood. We want them to enjoy the doughnuts with our thanks but also share the doughnuts while encouraging others to roll up their sleeves.”

Skena added that Krispy Kreme is also urging all employees who are able to donate blood to do so.

The impact on the country’s blood supply is proving to be one of the gravest ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the American healthcare system and American life. While the rate of infections and hospitalizations has caused a spike in demand, other COVID restrictions have caused a decrease in donations across the board. Likewise, the recent Omicron variant and winter storms in various states have only exacerbated the situation.

While all blood types are needed, there is a priority call for types O positive and O negative and platelet donations. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, you can visit RedCrossBlood.org, call  1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.