Spilling blood for coffee

by Anna Purdy

The Community Coffee House on the corner of Ambassador Caffery and Congress is out for your blood.
On Thursday, May 19 from 1:30-5 p.m. this location is sponsoring a blood drive. A bloodmobile will be parked outside the shop. If you give blood you get a free cup of coffee and a sling backpack and automatically receive a free cholesterol test.

What do you have to do to donate? Step one, show up. Step two, be at least 18 years old, at least 110 pounds and be healthy. You cannot have had a tattoo or piercing within the last 12 months to give blood. Kids who are 16 and 17 can give blood with signed permission from a parent or guardian.

If you can't come on this day, don't worry. Go to to schedule a time to donate.

Around 250 blood donations are required each day in Acadiana in order to have the proper amount at the ready to save lives. While all are strongly encouraged to apply, those with Blood Type O, the universal donor, are especially encouraged. And now whenever you give there is a points rewards program - you accrue points every time you give and can redeem them for ice cream, movie tickets and more. So essentially your blood is now like a credit card and every time you spend it, BAM! points. Nifty.