Red Cross Encourages Adding Donating Blood To Holiday Checklists

As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.
Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving. Donors with all blood types are needed now to help patients. As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
“Many of us celebrate this time of year with loved ones, but patients may spend the holidays and ring in the new year from a hospital room,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment of the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “Blood and platelet donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood or platelets to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Fairlanes Church of Christ, 101 Dow Drive Shelbyville, TN 37160
12/21/2016: 2 – 6 p.m.
Winchester Church of Christ, 1230 S. College St. Winchester, TN 37398
12/23/2016: 1 – 7 p.m.
Moore County High School, 1502 Lynchburg Highway Lynchburg, TN 37352
12/28/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Caney Fork Electric, 920 Smithville Highway McMinnville, TN 37110
12/28/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Family Video, 634 Madison St. Shelbyville, TN 37160
12/30/2016: 2 – 7 p.m.
Chick-fil-A/Forrest Gallery Shopping Center, 1802 N. Jackson St. Tullahoma, TN 37388
12/30/2016: 3 – 7 p.m.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 S. College St. Smithville, TN 37166
1/3/2017: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
TE Connectivity, 509 Airpark Drive Tullahoma, TN 37388
1/5/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 200 Second Ave. NW Winchester, TN 37398
1/8/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
First Baptist Shelbyville, 304 E. Depot St. Shelbyville, TN 37160
1/10/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.
First Christian Church Annex Building, 201 NW Atlantic Tullahoma, TN 37388
1/10/2017: 2:15 – 6:15 p.m.
McMinnville Civic Center, 500 Garfield St. McMinnville, TN 37110
1/11/2017: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Warren County Administration Building, 201 Locust St. McMinnville, TN 37110
1/12/2017: 4 – 8 p.m.
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 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 and follow the instructions on the site.
Volunteers needed
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer. Volunteers with flexible schedules are needed to support blood collection in the areas of: greeter and canteen specialists in most areas; and warehouse and transportation specialists in selected areas. Volunteer greeters assist with blood drive registration. Volunteer canteen specialists assist with distributing snacks to blood donors. Warehouse volunteers assist with packaging blood drive supplies and transportation specialists play a very important role by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a greeter, canteen, warehouse or transportation volunteer specialist position, visit:
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.