Monday, August 14, 2006

Blood Donations Needed in Nashville Area

I'm a sucker for Red Cross guilt. Today's American Red Cross, Tennessee Valley Blood Region press release (emphasis added):

Nationwide Heat Wave Affects Blood Donor Commitments
Blood Shortage Exacerbated by Extreme Heat

The summer heat has taken its toll on the state, breaking record-high temperatures. It’s also affected the blood supply. Donors have stayed inside and cancelled their plans to donate blood.

Because so many people who might otherwise donate blood have stayed indoors to escape the heat, anyone who is able is urged to donate blood. The Red Cross needs at least 3200 blood donations a week to meet area needs. The only way to rebuild the community blood supply is for healthy individuals to donate in the coming days at local blood drives and donor centers.

“Our blood drive sites are indoors, comfortable and the process is safe and easy,” said Carol Miller, Director of Donor Resources. “There are activities that can be curtailed because of extreme outdoor temperatures, but helping to save lives cannot be among them.”

The supply of critical blood types O- and O+ are at a 12-hour supply, with supplies of most other blood types below normal operating levels. To date this month, collections in our area are 20% lower than what is needed to adequately supply hospitals.

The blood donation center located at 2201 Charlotte Avenue is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Eligible donors can give whole blood every 56 days. For more information or to schedule your blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

Giving blood is a safe process, is easy and takes relatively little time. If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. There is no upper age limit for donating blood.

You can see the current local blood supply online. Find out more and schedule an appointment at Also, be sure to read the Red Cross's blood donation eligibility guidelines.

Top 10 Reasons to Give Blood.

[Full disclosure: this blogger won't be donating tomorrow because her 56 day waiting period isn't up yet. :P ]

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Blogger ceeelcee said...

Hi Rachel,

You know me, I'd love to give. Go by the Dry Spot to find out why I can't.

Bad craziness.

p.s. 10 other people now have to go donate to make up for me! Tag, you're it.

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