Give the ‘Gift of Life’

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Medic Regional Blood Center reminds the community that the need for blood knows no holiday.   Medic must continue to provide the area hospitals with life-saving blood throughout the holiday season when donation generally decline.

“We experience a real decline in our collections during this time of year, yet the need has the tendency to increase this time of year,” states Christi Fightmaster, Medic’s spokesperson,  “We ask everyone who is well and healthy this time of year to roll up their sleeve and give the ‘gift of life’ to someone in need.”   Donors can decline their t-shirt after they give blood and a donation of that value will be made to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.   The value of the donation can provide nine meals to the area food bank.

Medic is also giving away a two night mountain get-away including food certificates and tickets to local attractions to someone who donates the month of December.  Medic hopes that these promotions will help get donors to take the time to give blood this busy holiday season.

Donors can always stop by one of two donor centers:  1601 Ailor Ave. or 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut.  Community drives are also planned for added convenience.

• Dec. 16, First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bloodmobile.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more (16 year olds weighing 120 pounds or more can donate but must have parental consent) and all donors must have positive identification.

Medic is the sole provider of blood for 21 counties and 27 area hospitals through the greater East Tennessee area.

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