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Red Cross launches Summer of Stories blood donor campaign

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The American Red Cross is launching the Summer of Stories campaign to share the personal impact blood and platelet donors can have on a patient in need and to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available in the months ahead.

 

Summer is a time for the days that never end. Time for diving in and grilling out. Time to watch the fireworks, to have a picnic, to root for the home team. While many have fun making these memories, hospital patients are counting on eligible donors to make time to give blood or platelets so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.

 

"Stories are the glue that bind many of us together," said Gwen Hunter, Donor Recruitment Representative in East Tennessee. "Whether you've needed blood, have given blood or simply want to share a fun summer memory, we want to hear from you."

 

The Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join its Summer of Stories campaign, which runs through Sept. 9. Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what's expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment's notice.

 

Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org/summer to make an appointment to donate and share their donation story.

 

Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

Tuesday, August 6                        

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm                              

 

Wednesday, August 7                              

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm                              

 

Saturday, August 10                    

Colbach Harley Davidson, 1830 North Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, 11:00 am to 3:30pm, Call Tammy Jones at 423-586-5343.                   

 

Tuesday, August 13

  • American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm                  
  • Shear Talent Salon, 429 East Bernard Avenue, Greeneville, 1:15 pm to 5:45 pm, Call Teresa McIntyre at 423-638-1964.                  

 

Wednesday, August 14                            

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm                                          

 

Thursday, August 15                                

Grandview Christian Church, 300 University Parkway, Johnson City, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm      

 

Friday, August 16                          

Washington County Health Department, 219 Princeton Road, Johnson City, 9:15 am to 1:15 pm                   

Saturday, August 17                                 

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm                                          

 

Sunday, August 18                        

In Memory of Hannah Grace Broyles        

Grace Brethren Church, 3337 Hwy 11E, Telford, 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Call Kim Jaynes at 423-257-2880.               

 

Tuesday, August 20                                 

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm                                          

 

Wednesday, August 21                            

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm                                          

 

Tuesday, August 27                                  

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm                                                      

Wednesday, August 28                           

American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm                                                                                          

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. Blood can be donated every 56 days.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent 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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