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Give blood with the American Red Cross before the holiday season and help save lives


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2016) – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to

give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season.

Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because of

holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore,

more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood

supply is sufficient through the winter months.

For blood donor Katie Osorio, giving a little bit of time is worth it because she’s giving someone

a chance at life. “Someone’s mother, brother, sister, father or the love of someone’s life has

been given back to their loved ones all because I gave something that I could. It takes so little

from me and gives a world back to another.”

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit

redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donors are encouraged to

make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at

redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Centerville United Methodist Church, 103 College Ave. Centerville, TN 37033

11/9/2016: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Fort Donelson United Methodist Church, 420 Church St. Dover, TN 37058

11/10/2016: Noon - 5 p.m.

Cane Creek Market, 1798 Highway 438 E. Lobelville, TN 37097

11/11/2016: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Nashville State Community College - Waverly, 695 Holly Lane Waverly, TN 37185

11/14/2016: Noon - 5 p.m.

Trace Creek Baptist Church, 1320 Broadway Ave. New Johnsonville, TN 37134

11/14/2016: 1 - 5 p.m.

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

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(16 with parental consent in some states), 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 donors can now 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, prior

to arriving at the blood drive. 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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