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Hometown Heroes honored The American Red Cross honors outstanding local supporters

From left- Tim Ryerson, Tenneseee Valley Blood Services Region CEO; Dolores Greenwald, Williamson County Library Director; Randi Peters, Williamson County Library; Lynn Smith, Red Cross Representative

The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross honored its “Hometown Heroes” with a luncheon and awards ceremony, Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Williamson County Library received the Small Business Partnership Award. The Small Business Partnership Award is giving to small businesses that go above and beyond the call of duty concerning blood drives, partnerships or donations. The Williamson County Library hosts at least nine blood drives a year. To promote the drives, the organization posts the blood drives on their calendar, Facebook page and the employees personally tweet and about the blood drive.  Even if the room is booked, this location will find alternate solutions, making sure blood collections are able to continue.

Verizon Wireless received the Lifesaver Award. The blood drive coordinators at Verizon Wireless work hard to educate donors about how to prepare to donate blood. A few days after one of their successful blood drives, another company cancelled on the Red Cross. Instead of struggling on where to go, these individuals held another small blood drive for the Red Cross at their location to make up the potentially lost units of blood. This team is willing to adjust their schedules to avoid canceling any blood drives.We appreciate their support and dedication.

The Tennessee Valley Region Donor Recruitment Department nominated numerous individuals, businesses and schools in 11 award categories. From those nominations, 24 award winners were selected. 

How to donate blood:

Call 800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

Posted on: 10/11/2012


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