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Restaurants rally for blood donations

KAAL-TV
Updated: February 18, 2020 10:27 PM
Created: February 18, 2020 07:01 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Blood donation is a year-round need, but after the holidays, while it’s still cold, getting donors to leave the warmth of their homes is difficult.

“This time frame, when it’s cold out and there have been lots of illnesses, we really need donors to step up and come in and donate. Our regular donors, a lot of them are great about coming in, but they do get sick, it’s cold and they can’t make it in,” said Katy Maeder, marketing coordinator at the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program.

That low donor turnout is why Mayo Clinic came up with a way to bring the issue to the table.

“It was kind of a no-brainer,” said Charles Morris, assistant general manager at Smoak BBQ, one of the restaurants partnering up with Mayo Clinic for Rally of the Restaurants.

“Rally of the Restaurants is a blood donation challenge between local restaurants in Rochester. There’s seven that are participating and we are encouraging them to help encourage blood donation,” Maeder said.

The seven restaurants make up three times, and people who donate at one of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Centers can choose which team to put their support, and blood, behind.

“It’s a good thing to do. It’s good exposure. We reach a lot of people, especially with us being open, you know, recently. We reach a lot of people,” Morris said.

Smoak is one of the teams, competing with Five West and The Loop.

Team Smoak is going up against Team Chester’s, which includes Terza and Pescara, and Team Newts.

“All the restaurants in Rochester are really giving. They want to give back to the community, and we found that this would be a great way for them to give back to Mayo Clinic and the Rochester community,” Maeder said. 

The competition runs through April 30, with the winning team earning a plaque and bragging rights.

For more information on how you can take part, click here

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