May 27, 2011



[Nashville, Tenn. May 27, 2011]—The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of local area resident Doug Leatherwood on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.  The drive is at Rivergate Mall (Center Court) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Doug Leatherwood died from injuries he received when a tree fell on his Vine Ridge Street home during the April 4 tornado.  Leatherwood used his body to shield longtime friend, Joe Taylor, who was also inside the home.  He saved Taylor’s life. 


To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit  Walk-in donors are also welcome.


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 or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age 16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


The Tennessee Valley Region serves 57 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.