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American Baptist College Saving Lives!

Tennessee Valley

May 13, 2014
 

American Baptist College Sickle Cell Sabbath Blood Drive

Inaugural Partnership Could Save Hundreds of Lives

  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 13, 2014) – The American Red Cross is proud to partner with American Baptist College in Nashville for an inaugural event that could save hundreds of lives. On June 6th, American Baptist College is hosting a blood drive on their campus from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The special event is dedicated to raising awareness about Sickle Cell Disease and the need for local blood donations.

 

As part of their tradition, American Baptist College is passionate about continuing to support and promote social justice in the community.  Professor William Green and others at the college believe donating blood is a social justice issue that needs to be addressed. “Donating blood is a very inclusive and broader way to reach beyond barriers and build bridges. Here is an opportunity to find our similarities in the midst of our differences,” said Professor Green. “This is an opportunity for us to work on being self-giving and not self-centered. This is a practical way to express spirituality.”

 

Many rare blood types are unique to specific ethnic groups. Blood from a donor with a similar ethnic background to that of the patient is less likely to be rejected or cause complications or illness. You have the power to help save lives by donating with the American Red Cross.

 

Please call 1-800-red cross or CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment today.

 

The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region serves 58 hospitals and must have approximately 500 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. 

 

 

How to donate blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.