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American Red Cross seeks blood donations in the Clarksville area this holiday season

 

Be part of something meaningful by giving blood

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules. This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

To encourage donations, all those who come to donate December 23rd, 2015, through January 3rd, 2016, will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Jamie Czesak made her first blood donation on December 27th, 2013. “As I spent Christmas with my family, I realized how lucky I was to have my health and how we never really know when our last Christmas will be. I decided that I would face my fears and do one of the few things I can do to help save someone’s life  ̶  donate blood.”

Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Governor’s Square Mall
2801 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37040
December 17th, 2015 2:00pm – 7:00pm
December 18th, 2015 2:00pm – 7:00pm

 

LaPointe Health Clinic – Donor Coach
5979 Desert Storm Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
December 17th, 2015 8:00am – 1:00pm

 

Fort Campbell PX
2840 Bastogne Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
December 18th, 2015 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Burns Church of Christ
2718 Church Street
Burns, TN 37029
December 23rd, 2015 3:00pm – 7:00pm

 

White Bluff Church of Christ
4416 Hwy 70
White Bluff, TN 37187
December 23rd, 2015 2:00pm – 7:00pm

 

Appleton Harley Davidson
2501 Hwy 41A Bypass
Clarksville, TN 37040
December 24th, 2015 9:00am – 1:00pm

 

American Red Cross
1760 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN 37043
December 21st, 2015 10:30am – 4:30pm
December 24th, 2015 8:00am – 12:00pm
December 28th, 2015 10:30am – 4:30pm
December 31st, 2015 8:00am – 12:00pm

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767) 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 consent 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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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