'Pint for a Pint' aims to replenish NYC's blood supply in exchange for some suds
Donors headed to the Coney Island Brewery Saturday to give blood in exchange for beer for the New York Blood Center's "Pint For a Pint" campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to replenish blood supplies as the city battles a shortage.
Many people who visited the Coney Island Brewery told News 12 that they didn't know about the even exchange. However, that did not stop them from coming in just to save a life.
The New York Blood Center set up donation areas at breweries and pubs throughout the region to stock up on blood donations.
Participants who donate a pint of blood receive a voucher for a free beer, cider, wine or soft drink.
The Red Cross first declared a nationwide shortage during the Omicron surge at the beginning of the year. The organization has experienced a 10% decline in people donating blood since the beginning of the pandemic.
The "Pint for a Pint" campaign started on Aug. 1 and runs until Sept. 10.
The voucher for the free pint cannot be used the day donors give blood but it is good until Oct. 31.
A list of participating breweries and pubs can be found here.
A new donor center is scheduled to open Sept. 13 at 30 Flatbush Avenue.