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Blood donations needed now to prevent emergency situation

American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.
“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO for the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
Nashville Donor Blood Center at 2201 Charlotte Ave. is open:
Monday – Thursday – 9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Friday – 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Saturday – 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Nashville Apheresis (Platelet Donation) Center at 2201 Charlotte Ave. is open:
Monday – Tuesday – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday – 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2nd, 3rd Sunday of month – 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
Cheatham TN 7/28/14 3:30 PM 7:30 PM Gateway Assembly of God 1642 Hwy 12 South Ashland City
Davidson TN 7/22/14 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Palmer Plaza 1801 West End Avenue Nashville
Davidson TN 7/23/14 10:30 AM 2:30 PM Lipscomb University 3901 Granny White Pike Nashville
Davidson TN 7/31/14 1:00 PM 6:00 PM Rebel Hill Florist 4821 Trousdale DR Nashville
Davidson TN 7/31/14 2:00 PM 6:00 PM Grace Church of the Nazarene 2620 Pennington Bend Road Donelson
Davidson TN 8/1/14 10:00 AM 2:00 PM American Blue Ribbon Holdings 3038 Sidco Drive Nashville
Davidson TN 8/3/14 8:30 AM 12:30 PM Saint Henry’s Catholic Church 6401 Harding Road Nashville
Davidson TN 8/7/14 2:00 PM 6:00 PM First Baptist Church 613 South Main Street Goodlettsville
Davidson TN 8/7/14 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Northwest Family YMCA 3700 Ashland City Highway Nashville
Davidson TN 8/13/14 10:30 AM 3:30 PM Belmont University Neely Dining Hall 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville
Davidson TN 8/13/14 2:30 PM 7:30 PM Gordon Jewish Community Center 801 Percy Warner Boulevard Nashville
Robertson TN 7/29/14 10:00 AM 3:00 PM Christian Care Center of Springfield 704 5th Ave. East Springfield
Rutherford TN 7/23/14 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Alvin C York VA Bldg 107 3400 Lebanon Road Murfreesboro
Rutherford TN 7/30/14 3:30 PM 7:30 PM Belle Aire Baptist Church 1307 N. Rutherford Blvd. Murfreesboro
Rutherford TN 8/7/14 12:00 PM 6:00 PM First Presbyterian Church 210 N. Spring St. Murfreesboro
Sumner TN 7/25/14 10:00 AM 2:00 PM Westmoreland Extension Campus 3012 Thompson Lane Westmoreland
Sumner TN 7/28/14 2:00 PM 6:00 PM Cross Roads 5254 Hwy 31 East Westmoreland
Sumner TN 7/28/14 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Stoneridge Farms 2325 Nashville Pike Gallatin
Sumner TN 8/5/14 10:00 AM 2:00 PM Sumner Regional Medical Center 555 Hartsville Pike Gallatin
Sumner TN 8/5/14 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Cornerstone General Baptist Church 1415 E Broadway Gallatin
Sumner TN 8/15/14 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Elmcroft of Hendersonville 1020 Carrington Place Hendersonville
Williamson TN 7/28/14 10:00 AM 2:00 PM Kroger 330 Franklin Road Brentwood
Williamson TN 7/29/14 3:00 PM 8:00 PM Fairview High School 2595 Fairview Blvd. Fairview
Williamson TN 7/31/14 2:00 PM 7:00 PM Harpeth Community Church 1101 Gardner Dr. Franklin
Williamson TN 8/3/14 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Otter Creek Church 409 Franklin Road Brentwood
Williamson TN 8/3/14 9:00 AM 1:00 PM College Grove United Methodist Church 8568 Horton Highway College Grove
Williamson TN 8/4/14 2:00 PM 7:00 PM McKay’s Mill – Bloodstock 1215 Habersham Way Franklin
Williamson TN 8/4/14 3:00 PM 8:00 PM Prairie Life Fitness Center 300 Shingle Way Franklin
Williamson TN 8/5/14 1:00 PM 6:00 PM Kroger-Alexander Plaza 1203 Murfreesboro Road Franklin
Williamson TN 8/5/14 2:00 PM 7:00 PM Franklin First United Methodist Church 14 5th Ave. South Franklin
Williamson TN 8/6/14 10:00 AM 2:00 PM NHC Place at Cool Springs 211 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin
Williamson TN 8/8/14 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Wal-Mart Supercenter 3600 Mallory Lane Franklin
Williamson TN 8/8/14 2:00 PM 7:00 PM Lancelot Culdesac 103 Lancelot Lane Franklin
Williamson TN 8/10/14 7:30 AM 12:30 PM Brentwood United Methodist Church 309 Franklin Rd. Brentwood
Williamson TN 8/13/14 9:00 AM 1:00 PM City of Franklin, TN 109 3rd Ave. S. Franklin
Williamson TN 8/13/14 12:00 PM 6:00 PM Williamson County Public Library 1314 Columbia Avenue Franklin
Wilson TN 7/24/14 12:30 PM 6:00 PM Immanuel Baptist Church 214 Castle Heights Avenue Lebanon
Wilson TN 7/28/14 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Maple Hill Church of Christ 102 Maple Hill Road Lebanon
Wilson TN 8/11/14 4:00 PM 8:00 PM Lebanon Police Department 406 Tennessee Blvde. Lebanon
In addition:
Nashville Donor Blood Center at 2201 Charlotte Ave. is open:
Monday – Thursday – 9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Friday – 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Saturday – 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Nashville Apheresis (Platelet Donation) Center at 2201 Charlotte Ave. is open:
Monday – Tuesday – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday – 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
2nd, 3rd Sunday of month – 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Murfreesboro Blood Donor Center at 501 Memorial Blvd. is open:
Monday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday – Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1st, 4th, 5th Sunday of month – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Murfreesboro Apheresis (Platelet Donation) Center at 501 Memorial Blvd. is open:
Monday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday — Thursday – Closed
Friday – 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday – 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
1st, 4th, 5th Sunday of month – 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s 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.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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