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American Red Cross in urgent need of Blood Donations

American Red CrossNashville, TN – With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

Thomas Brown finishes giving blood with American Red Cross staff member Alex White. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)
Thomas Brown finishes giving blood with American Red Cross staff member Alex White. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs.

More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29th through August 29th with 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.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 13-31

Byrd Health Clinic
7973 Strike Boulevard
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

8/23/2019: 10:00am – 3:00pm

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

8/20/2019: 8:30am – 1:30pm

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

8/17/2019: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Office Depot
415 Highway 46 S.
Dickson, TN 37055

8/13/2019: 11:00am – 4:00pm

WDKN Dickson
108 West College Street
Dickson, TN 37055

8/13/2019: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Doug Varner State Farm
185 Beasley Drive
Dickson, TN   37055

8/16/2019: 10:00am – 3:00pm

American Red Cross
1760 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN 37043

8/19/2019: 10:30am – 4:30pm

8/26/2019: 10:30am – 4:30pm

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

8/20/2019: 9:00am – 2:00pm

U.S. Bank Clarksville Oak Grove
3301 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37042

8/21/2019: 10:00am – 4:00pm

How to Donate Blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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% 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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