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American Red Cross blood supply slowly improving; Donors still needed in August

The American Red Cross is encouraged by a boost in donations since the organization issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. However, additional donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply is available through the end of the summer.

“We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in our community who responded to the appeal, helping to save lives,” said Tim Ryerson CEO of the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts.”

Across the country, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above expectations since the Red Cross first issued its appeal, cutting the blood donation deficit by approximately 30 percent to date. To maintain momentum, the organization encourages anyone who has not yet given blood this summer to schedule an appointment and bring just two friends or family members along with them.

As a special incentive to our donors, The American Red Cross is offering a Super Summer Save campaign through the end of September. During the campaign, all presenting blood and platelet donors will be entered in a drawing to win a $3,000 American Express gift card usable toward gas, rent, bills or even just your favorite summer splurge.

Make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Aug. 13, 1-6 p.m. at Cool Springs Galleria Mall in front of JC Penny

Drive sponsor code to use when making online appointment: CoolSprings19

 

Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at REMAX, 1624 Westgate Circle, Suite 125, Brentwood

Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin City Hall, 109 3rd Ave. S., Franklin

Aug. 22, 3-7 p.m. at Thompson's Station Community Center, 1555 West Thompson's Station Road, Thompson’s Station

Aug. 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Williamson Medical Center, 4321 Carothers Parkway, Franklin

Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Krogers , 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood

 

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Posted on: 8/9/2012

 
 

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