Starbucks helps with Fresno blood drives

January 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The Flu outbreak has been taking a toll on blood banks nationwide with so many sick people unable to donate.

Starbucks is helping with blood drives; by offering each person who donates gets a free drink.

Several valley residents showed up to one of their blood drives in Clovis today.

The Starbucks at Herndon and Willow Avenue puts on these drives every three months.

Organizers say the turnout is improving as more customers become aware of the need and the extra incentive for donating.

Starbucks Store Manager Travis Leach said, "We started out with our first blood drive with 16 or 17 donors, and it's just gone up from there. We average about 20 to 25 pints, per each blood drive that we do."

The next blood drive at this Starbucks location is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th.