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American Red Cross Urgently needs Blood, Platelet Donations Now

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations.

Come to the American Red Cross to give blood by December 19th, receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)
Come to the American Red Cross to give blood by December 19th, receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more.

“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through December 19th, 2018, will receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

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

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 26-Dec. 19

Fort Campbell PX
2840 Bastogne Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

12/14/2018: 10:00am-3:00pm

Petrie Memorial United Methodist Church
202 East Main Street
Elkton, KY 42220

12/14/2018: noon-6:00pm

St Stephen Catholic Church
1698 Canton Road
Cadiz, KY 42211

12/4/2018: 11:00am-5:00pm

Burns Church of Christ
2718 Church Street
Burns, TN 37029

12/19/2018: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church Community Center
3008 Bowker Road
Charlotte, TN 37036

12/8/2018: 9:00am-2:00pm

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

12/6/2018: 10:30am-3:30pm

First Baptist Church Dickson
2501 Highway 70 E.
Dickson, TN 37055

12/17/2018: 2:00pm-7:00pm

YMCA Dickson
301 Henslee Drive
Dickson, TN 37055

12/18/2018: 3:00pm-7:00pm

White Bluff Church of Christ
4416 Highway 70
White Bluff, TN 37187

12/19/2018: 2:00pm-7:00pm

American Red Cross
1760 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN 37043

11/26/2018: 10:30am-4:30pm

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

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

12/17/2018: 12:30pm-4:30pm

Veteran’s Plaza – William O. Beach Civic Hall
350 Pagaent Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040

11/29/2018: 9:00am-2:00pm

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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass 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 RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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