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Become a Multi-Gallon Blood Donor

Tennessee Valley

May 20, 2011
 

 

Gainesboro Holds American Red Cross Blood Drive

Multi-Gallon Blood Donor Encourages You to Give

 

(Nashville, Tenn., May 20, 2011)

 

The American Red Cross appreciates all the generous people who voluntarily donate lifesaving blood. 

 

There are thousands of you throughout the 70 counties in the Tennessee Valley Region.

 

One dedicated blood donor is Roger Price, of Gainesboro, Tenn.  So far, he’s donated 50 pints of blood.  Since each blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives, Price can feel good knowing he helped up to 150 hospital patients.

 

“I know my blood fits every body, babies in particular.  I give every chance I can to save lives, young and old,” says Price.

 

Price has type O-negative blood, which is often called the universal blood type because it can be transfused to a person with any blood type.  Although every blood type is important, type O donors play a critical role in maintaining the blood supply. 

 

Whether you have blood type A, B or O, you are invited to donate blood on Wednesday, May 25, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 302 S. Main St. in Gainesboro.  To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call Pam Grogan at (931) 268-4771.  All presenting blood donors receive a thank you gift.

 

The American Red Cross is the largest blood collection and distribution organization in the United States, providing blood to nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide.  Blood donated to the Red Cross knows no borders.  It is available for local hospitals, regional surgical centers and nationally renowned medical centers – wherever there is a patient in need.

 

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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Photo:  Multi-Gallon blood donor, Roger Price and Pam Grogan, First United Methodist Church.