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American Red Cross in need of Blood Donors

Give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, Donors have chance to win VIP trip to Graceland and more by coming to give in June

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Each year on June 14th, the American Red Cross joins blood collection organizations around the world to celebrate World Blood Donor Day, which recognizes the importance of a safe and stable blood supply and the donors who make it possible.

Nearly 2.5 million people volunteer to give lifesaving blood and platelets every year with the Red Cross. Eligible donors are encouraged to be part of something big by making an appointment to give blood or platelets this month.

Blood donations decline in late spring and early summer – especially during holiday weeks, like Memorial Day and Independence Day – but the need for blood and platelet transfusions doesn’t take a summer break. Generous blood and platelet donors are critically important in ensuring lifesaving care is available the moment patients need it. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1.800.RED.CROSS (1.800.733.2767).
 
As a thank-you for helping, in honor of the new Baz Luhrmann film, Elvis, all who come to give in the month of June will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland for two, including round-trip airfare to Memphis, plus a three-night stay at The Guest House and Elvis Entourage VIP tour, courtesy of Graceland, a custom-wrapped Gibson Epiphone guitar and more.
 
Additionally, those who come to donate June 1st-30th will also receive a $5.00 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.*
 
Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 14th-30th:

Kentucky

Christian County

Fort Campbell
6/23/2022: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, 650 Joel Drive
6/27/2022: 10:00am – 3:00pm, Fort Campbell Commissary, 2606 Indiana Avenue
6/28/2022: 9:30am – 3:00pm, 101st Kalsu Replacement, 6920 Desert Storm

Tennessee

Cheatham County

Pleasant View
6/20/2022: 1:00pm – 7:00pm, The Livery Stables Event Hall, 1104 Main Street

Dickson County

Charlotte
6/11/2022: 9:00am – 2:00pm, Water Street Church of Christ, 501 Water Street

Dickson
6/28/2022: 1:00pm – 6:00pm, YMCA Dickson, 301 Henslee Drive


Montgomery County

Clarksville
6/13/2022: 10:00am – 4:30pm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
6/13/2022: 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Governor’s Square Mall, 2801 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard
6/15/2022: 10:00am – 4:30pm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
6/20/2022: 10:00am – 4:30pm, Clarksville American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
6/22/2022: 10:00am – 4:30pm, Clarksville American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
6/24/2022: 8:00am – 2:30pm, Newton Military Family Resource Center, 426 College Street
6/25/2022: 12:00pm – 6:00pm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
6/27/2022: 10:00am – 4:30pm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street
6/29/2022: 10:00am – 4:30pm, American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

Health insights for donors 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait.

This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.    

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.  


 Blood drive safety 

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason.

The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are?asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.? 

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 comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

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

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