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Blood donors urged to help restock American Red Cross shelves after Severe Winter Storms


American Red CrossNashville, TN – Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.

Winter weather in parts of the country forced more than 270 blood drives to cancel, resulting in over 9,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations in the first two weeks of March.

Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair following her blood donation. Reed’s mother received blood during a surgery. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair following her blood donation. Reed’s mother received blood during a surgery. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

No matter the weather, the need for blood to help cancer patients, those undergoing surgeries, trauma patients and others remains.

Volunteer blood donors from across the country are needed to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients this spring.

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

Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 22nd to April 15th

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital
650 Joel Drive
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

4/13/2018: 10:00am-4:00pm

Todd Central High School
806 South Main Street
Elkton, KY   42220

3/22/2018: 8:30am-1:30pm

Elkton Baptist Church
301 East Main Street
Elkton, KY 42220

4/13/2018: noon-6:00pm

Walnut Street Church of Christ
201 Center Avenue
Dickson, TN 37055

4/12/2018: 10:30am-3:30pm

American Red Cross
1760 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN 37043

3/26/2018: 10:30am-4:30pm
4/2/2018: 10:30am-4:30pm
4/9/2018: 10:30am-4:30pm

APSU Dunn Center
601 College Street
Clarksville, TN 37044

3/28/2018: 10:00am-4:00pm

Grace Church of the Nazarene
3135 Trenton Road
Clarksville, TN 37040

3/28/2018: 3:00pm-8:00pm

Governor’s Square Mall
2801 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37040

4/2/2018: noon-6:00pm

Montgomery County Veterans Plaza
350 Pageant Lane
Clarksville, TN   37040

4/3/2018: 9:00am-2:00pm

APSU Foy Fitness and Recreation Center
521 Marion Street
Clarksville, TN   37044

4/5/2018: 10:00am-3:00pm


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.




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