Pulaski Donor Recognition Blood Drive is Monday, June 13

June 8, 2011

Giles County High School Student Asks You to Give Blood



(Nashville, Tenn., June 8, 2011)


In many states, including Tennessee, 16-year-olds are eligible to give blood with parental consent. 


That’s when Giles County High School student Mickey Funderburke decided to become a Red Cross blood donor.  His reason is simple.


“Just the thought of helping people out and making a difference,” he says.


Funderburke, who is now 17-years-old, plans to be a lifelong blood donor and hopes others will follow his lead.


“It’s a good experience and you should do it because you are helping out less fortunate people,” says Funderburke.


You are invited to start your journey as a lifelong blood donor by giving blood at the Pulaski Donor Recognition Blood Drive on Monday, June 13, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at The Recreation Center located at 333 E. College St. in Pulaski.  To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, contact Stephanie Ezell at (615) 308-6280 or ezellsg@usa.redcross.org.  You may also log on to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  GCHS HOSA.  Walk-in donors are welcome.


The Pulaski Donor Recognition Blood Drive is sponsored by the Giles County High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), in memory of Sharon Kennedy and Teresa Williamson.

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.

Plus, anyone who presents to donate blood Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 14 is automatically entered into the Red Cross Racing “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” to win a brand new 2012 red candy metallic Ford Fiesta SE, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.  One winner is selected by random drawing on Monday, Sept. 19.  For more information, or to schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit redcrossracing.com or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


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.