NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2018) – The American Red Cross is teaming up with WRLT Lightning 100, Nashville’s longest running independent station, to encourage everyday heroes to give a gift that can’t be bought in a store – the gift of a blood or platelet donation. Eligible donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve this holiday at the Holiday Hero Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 2201 Charlotte Ave, in Nashville and area mobile sites.
As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email. (Donors must have a valid email address on file to receive their reward. Visit rcblood.org/GiftCard for restrictions, terms and conditions.*)
“This time of year, it’s important to remember that medical conditions and emergencies which require blood don’t stop for the holidays,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager for the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross appreciates community partners like Lightning 100 who help us meet patient needs by inspiring the community to give the gift of life.”
The Lightning 100 Holiday Hero Blood Drive comes as the Red Cross faces an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give blood. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter.
Area Mobile & Donation Center Holiday Hero Blood Drive Locations
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
Nashville Blood Donation Center
2201 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 Cadillac Drive Suite 155
Brentwood, TN 37027
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tristar Ashland City Medical Center
313 North Main Street
Ashland City, TN 37015
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
City of Franklin, TN
109 3rd Ave. S.
Franklin, TN 37064
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fairview Recreational Center
2714 Fairview Blvd.
Fairview, TN 37062
2 to 7 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 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.