Red Cross encourages adding 'give blood' to holiday checklist

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As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving. Donors with all blood types are needed now to help patients. As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

"Many of us celebrate this time of year with loved ones, but patients may spend the holidays and ring in the new year from a hospital room," said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment of the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. "Blood and platelet donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood or platelets to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need."

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Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Rutherford County:

TriStar Stonecrest Medical Center, 200 Stonecrest Blvd. Smyrna, TN 37167

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  • 12/22/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37129

  • 12/22/2016: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 12/23/2016: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • 12/24/2016: 7 a.m. - noon
  • 12/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 12/29/2016: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 12/30/2016: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • 12/31/2016: 7 a.m. - noon
  • 1/1/2017: 7 a.m. - noon
  • 1/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 1/4/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 1/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 1/6/2017: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • 1/7/2017: 7 a.m. - noon
  • 1/8/2017: 7 a.m. - noon
  • 1/9/2017: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 1/12/2017: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 1/13/2017: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • 1/14/2017: 7 a.m. - noon
  • 1/15/2017: 7 a.m. - noon

Heart of Tennessee Board blood drive, 501 Memorial Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37129

  • 12/27/2016: 1 - 5 p.m.

Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129

  • 12/29/2016: 2 - 6 p.m.

Gold's Gym Smyrna, 567 S. Lowry St. Smyrna, TN 37167

  • 1/2/2017: 2 - 6 p.m.
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