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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

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Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of hospital patients. Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies when there are complications during childbirth and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Every day, the Tennessee ValleyBlood Services Region must collect approximately 600 pints for patients at about 60 hospitals and transfusion centers across the region, said Tim Ryerson, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. We need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met. Each pint of whole blood can help save more than one life.

He added, The American Red Cross continues to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to best meet hospital patients needs. We are closely monitoring inventory levels at all distribution sites, and working with hospitals to triage and transfer products as needed to ensure patient needs are met."

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

July 11 3-7 p.m., Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 5745 Old Murfreesboro Road, East, Lebanon
July 17-19 4-8 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1004 Woodridge Place, Mt. Juliet
July 23 noon-4 p.m., Wilson County Veterans Building, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon
July 26 12:30-5:30 p.m., Immanuel Baptist Church, 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon
July 30 3-7 p.m., Maple Hill church of Christ, 102 Maple Hill Road, Lebanon

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or drivers license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission 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.

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