Local and State Leaders Give Blood in Gallatin

April 29, 2011

Farm Services Agency Sponsors Red Cross Blood Drive

Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves and State Rep Mike McDonald Donating Blood


(Nashville, Tenn., April 29, 2011)


Each year, nearly 5 million people in the U.S. need a lifesaving blood transfusion.  Giving blood takes about an hour of your time, and just one donation has the potential to save up to three lives.


Follow the lead of your local and state leaders by giving blood with Farm Services Agency and the American Red Cross.


You are invited to give blood on Monday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Farm Services Agency located at 150 Gallatin Ave. in Gallatin.  To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  FarmServiceAgency.


Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves and State Representative Mike McDonald will roll up their sleeves and help save lives through blood donation at 2 p.m.


All presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

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.