Blood donors get sweet treat with holiday donation

WEST READING, Pa. - At the counter inside Sweet Ride Ice Cream on Penn Avenue in West Reading, you can pick your favorite flavor, but this time, they are doing things a little different.

It's a special blood donation, dubbed "Give a pint and get a pint." Donors who give a pint of blood to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center can pick a pint of their favorite ice cream.

"You never know if you're sick, if yourself or someone else you love is going to be in need," said donor Shelly King.

King said she and her twin sister needed transfusions when they were born, so she donates as often as she can. She also decided to donate her pint of ice cream to the blood center staff.

"They were so quick. I was in and out, probably maybe 20 minutes," King said.

Blood center representatives said donations dwindle during the holidays. There are fewer blood drives, and people often feel like they don't have the time. King encourages everyone to just do it.

"It's free and it's easy and you're just giving back," she said.

Angie Farrell owns Sweet Ride. She partnered with the blood center to put on the event. Her grandmother benefits from the blood people donate.

"After she gets the blood donation, I know that she's feeling great, so it's still wonderful and I know there are so many other stories out there," said Farrell

She said winter and ice cream don't mix for everyone, but the sense of giving back should, and she'll be sure to keep doing her part.

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