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American Red Cross says give the Gift of Life this Holiday

 

Think outside the Gift Box: Donate Blood and Give More Life

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift – give blood and give more life.

To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets December 21st, 2017, through January 7th, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities December 16th-31st

Burns Church of Christ
2718 Church St. Burns, TN. 37029
12/20/2017: 3:00pm-7:00pm

YMCA Dickson
301 Henslee Drive, Dickson, TN. 37055
12/22/2017: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Dickson County Adult Education
220 McLemore St. Dickson, TN. 37055
12/31/2017: 10:00am-3:00pm

White Bluff Church of Christ
4416 Highway 70, White Bluff, TN. 37187
12/20/2017: 2:00pm-7:00pm

American Red Cross
1760 Madison St. Clarksville, TN. 37043
12/18/2017: 10:30am-4:30pm
12/26/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Governor’s Square Mall
2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Clarksville, TN. 37040
12/26/2017: 1:00pm-7:00pm

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 and platelet donors can 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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