The idea came from a customer.
"A lady came into the store and wondered if we were interested in holding a blood drive," said Jim Hassler. "I said 'heck, yeah, it's needed'."
That led the owners of Ferguson & Hassler Supermarket to reach out to the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank and schedule the store's first blood drive.
Summer's ideal for Italian ice but it's not as good a season for blood supplies at area hospitals. That's the reason Howie Zeamer agreed to donate a pint of Italian ice to everyone who gives a pint of blood at Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank's drive in Quarryville later this month.
"They agreed to send a mobile unit to do it here [at Son's Ice Cream at the intersection of W. State St. and Fifth St. in Quarryville] and all of the donated blood stays in Pennsylvania," Zeamer said last week.
The drive comes during a time when blood is in short supply, said Ryan Holp, donor resource consultant with the blood bank.