You "Otter" Be a Blood Donor

May 26, 2011


Flowers Bakery is a Red Cross Blood Program Partner

How About You?  “You Otter Be a Blood Donor.”


(Nashville, Tenn., May 25, 2011)


Are you an employee or owner of a Crossville business looking for a way to give back to your community?  “You Otter Be a Blood Donor.”


The American Red Cross is seeking partners for our community blood program.  It’s a great way to show your employees that community service is important.  Plus, it promotes lifesaving blood donation.


Each year, nearly 5 million people in the U.S. need a lifesaving blood transfusion and 38,000 units of blood are needed each day.


Flowers Bakery of Crossville partnered with the American Red Cross to save lives during the winter.  Fifteen Flowers Bakery employees donated blood, helping save the lives of up to 45 hospital patients.  Each blood donor received a certificate of appreciation for their lifesaving gift.  Snack Cake Jack even accepted a Red Cross thank you certificate.  Snack Cake Jack says, “You Otter Be a Blood Donor.” 


Consider adopting a month or a season to help the Red Cross recruit blood donors to the Crossville Donor Center, Crossville Community blood drives or Fairfield Glade Community blood drives. 


For more information on the Red Cross Community Blood Program, contact Jean Ann Mayberry at (931) 797-7674 or


The Crossville Donor Center located at 11 E. First St. is open:

  • Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Closed Saturday & Sunday

Please call (931) 337-0247 for information or to schedule an appointment.



How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to 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 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 or join our blog at


Pictured (left to right):  Karen McBride, Regina Phillips, Snack Cake Jack, Tim David and Matthew McDonald.