Middendorf's proclaims itself the "Home of the World-Famous Original Thin-Fried Catfish" and will soon be marking its first anniversary in Slidell. To celebrate, it is holding a blood drive, scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the restaurant.
Owner Karen Pfeifer said, "What better way to honor a year of us being in Slidell, our second home, than by helping our community? We're hoping our blood drive will make it a little more convenient for many people to donate. It's always tough, fitting anything extra into your schedule, but it's worth it to save lives."
Showing up and donating blood will grant you access to a few perks: a free thin-fried catfish dinner, a free t-shirt from the Blood Center, and having your blood tested for COVID-19 antibodies. The test should be available within 48 hours of the donation.
Donors are urged to schedule an appointment to help with social distancing and to ensure that there are adequate supplies. Things to note are as follows:
- Donors should be healthy and free from cold, flu, and allergy symptoms.
- Eat a good meal before donating.
- Bring ID.
- Appointments are honored, but walk-ins are welcome.
The Middendorf's Slidell location turns one year old on July 4, which also marks the restaurants 86th anniversary. Check out Middendorf's website or Facebook page for more information and links to the blood drive.
Come to the restaurant on July 1 to donate blood, or just come for the food. Middendorf's will welcome you either way.