FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 25, 2017) — The American Red Cross, Franklin Lions Club, Cool Springs Rotary Club and Suburban Propane are teaming up to help increase awareness of the constant need for blood this summer. The organizations are encouraging eligible donors to roll up a sleeve at the Franklin Donor Day blood drive Wednesday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Williamson County Library Meeting Room, 1314 Columbia Ave., in Franklin.
Those who come to donate can enjoy an on-site cookout and get a $10 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.
Blood donations often decline when regular donors are vacationing and schools are out of session,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment, Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “We appreciate Suburban Propane, the Franklin Lions Club and Cool Springs Rotary for helping to encourage blood donors of all types to give blood to ensure products are available for patients this summer.
Suburban Propane and the Red Cross have worked together to raise awareness about blood donations since 2012, and this is the third summer that Suburban Propane and the Red Cross have partnered to educate the public about the need for blood.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about one-third fewer donors schedule an appointment to give at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 64,000 fewer donations during the summer.
How to donate blood
Schedule your appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: Franklin19. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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.
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 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.