NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 21, 2020) — The American Red Cross is teaming up with the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub to host a multi-city blood drive Monday, June 1 from noon to 7 p.m. in Nashville, Franklin, Smyrna, Lebanon, Dickson, Goodlettsville, Clarksville, TN. and Bowling Green, KY.
All presenting donors who pre-schedule an appointment will receive a Predators T-shirt (XL), while supplies last. All presenting donors will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $100 Nashville Predators Locker Room Gift Card. One winner will be drawn from each blood drive location and receive the gift card via email within two weeks after their donation. Additionally, all presenting donors will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card, via email 30 days after their donation on behalf of Amazon*. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the gift cards. *Restrictions apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal. Terms and conditions apply; visit rcblood.org/together.
During the summer, the Red Cross often experiences a drastic decline in new donors and current donors often delay giving due to warm-weather activities and travel, but amid the coronavirus pandemic the need for blood remains constant.
“The Red Cross is adapting to meet the extraordinary challenges of this coronavirus pandemic and fulfill our lifesaving mission to alleviate suffering as we confront an emergency unlike any we have faced in a century,” said Garry Allison, regional donor services executive, Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The Preds are lifesaving heroes who are playing a critical role in our efforts to maintain a sufficient blood supply by providing multiple opportunities for people to give in their local community. We’re grateful for their partnership and support of area hospital patients.”
Blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of the community and blood donors of all types are needed at the Nashville Predators drive. As experts have emphasized, there is no certain end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross needs the help of blood donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply for weeks to come. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of Red Cross donors, employees and volunteers.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross Tennessee Region must collect nearly 325 blood donations every day to meet the needs of regional hospital patients.
Nashville Predators Foundation blood donation opportunities June 1, noon - 7 p.m.
Clarksville American Red Cross, 1760 Madison St. Clarksville, TN 37043
Faith Lutheran Church, 1655 Main St. Lebanon, TN 37087
Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt Hotel, 2613 West End Ave. Nashville, TN 37203
Holiday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convention Center, 1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green, KY 42103
Natchez Trace American Red Cross, 129 West Fowlkes St., Suite 100 Franklin, TN 37064
North Rutherford YMCA, 2001 Motlow College Blvd. Smyrna, TN 37167
Well House Church, 100 N. Main St. Goodlettsville, TN 37072
YMCA Dickson, 301 Henslee Drive Dickson, TN 37055
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: PREDS19 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.