For those metalheads out there we believe there is nothing more metal than spilling blood for a good cause! \m/
I have written on this blog in the past about the importance of giving blood, and referenced my own experience donating blood after Hurricane Sandy. Jimmy Duff, the owner of Duff’s, knows how vital this is to help save lives and he supports this cause wholeheartedly. It’s a wonderful thing that he has done for the community going on five years now, and we thank him for that. Hopefully, this year’s drive will be a success with good participation. Also, you get to hang out at a cool bar listening to great metal tunes. It’s a win-win all around! I will be there rolling up my sleeve for sure!
The details – On Thursday, February 6th, Duff’s in Brooklyn NYC we’ll be hosting their 5th annual blood drive in conjunction with The New York Blood Center. The blood drive starts at 6:30PM so please try to get there early (the drive runs until 11 PM), and bring identification with photo or signature. All donors will be served complimentary refreshments and will receive a free Duff’s blood drive t-shirt (shirt image is above) that is custom designed for this year’s event. Also, it’s in blood red! How metal is that?
I asked head Metal-Meister, Duff’s Owner, and all around good guy Jimmy Duff a few questions related to the upcoming drive.
1- What made you want to start the blood drive with New York Blood Center? How did Duff’s get involved with them?
“We’ve been involved with a number of charities over the years ( VH1 Save The Music Foundation, American Cancer Society, Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, North Shore Animal League) so any time something comes along that I feel is a good fit for the bar, and we can make a decent contribution, we’re in. The drive was initially suggested by Jason Orlic, who has been involved with the New York Blood Center for years. Again, it was a good fit, so Duff’s was in. Jason is still heavily involved in our drives, and is instrumental to making it happen.”
2 – This is the 5th blood drive Duff’s has sponsored. How have past drives gone and what kind of support can you expect for this one?
“All four previous drives have gone very well, or as well as can be expected. This time of the year is a little difficult with the weather, but we always have a good turnout. In terms of actual donors, it does vary due to people not knowing about body weight limits, and especially in our case, time elapsed since their last tattoo. Anyone who makes the effort to give blood gets a free shirt regardless.”
3 – Is giving blood the most metal thing one can do?
“Any questions regarding what is “most metal” should always be referred to MANOWAR for a proper answer !! As a business owner, I feel that it’s important to try to give back to the community, especially with one that caters to the much maligned metal crowd. The point being is that Metal folk are some of the coolest, tight knit people around, and given the right avenues, they will contribute like no one else. The pit is the perfect analogy – If you fall down, you don’t get crushed, there’s always someone there to pick you up.”
Find out more about the New York Blood Center, including donor eligibility requirements here: Welcome to New York Blood Center
As quoted by the Blood Center – “Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. Each day, patients in our regions need close to 2,000 people a day to roll up their sleeves to give the gift of life. There is simply no substitute for voluntarily donated blood. Without volunteer donors, our community would not have an adequate community blood supply.”
“The goal this year is 30 pints! We can do it! And each pint can save 3 lives!”
Please help in saving lives by spilling blood at Duff’s and take a few minutes to sign up through the Blood Center link below. Please use the following link to sign up for your time slot to give. The time you sign up for is not too rigid so come by whenever you can.
So, if you are in the area and have nothing to do on Thursday night Feb 6th, or really are busy but can spare an hour or so, head on over to Duff’s and partake in something worthwhile to help out others. It’s a terrific bar with a great owner, awesome bartenders, and head banging metal playing non-stop. I raise a beer in your honor to all who give! Reign in Blood! \m/
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Between South 5th and Broadway, Williamsburg
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