Resolution: GIVE LIFE to the Red Cross in January

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Here's a worth resolution, GIVE LIFE! It's as easy as giving blood or platelets to the Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross, 501 Memorial Boulevard.

Did you realize that January is National Blood Donor Month?

Local chapter Executive Director Kathy Ferrell says, "Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year. Coming off a period of major holidays, the Red Cross is still low on blood, and your life giving donations are greatly needed."

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Ironically, National Blood Donor Month coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout at this time of year.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Here are locations in this community where your gift of life is needed:

Smyrna Church of Christ, 112 Division St. Smyrna, TN 37167

1/12/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, 1700 Medical Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37128

1/14/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Science & Technology Building, 5002 Motlow State Blvd. Smyrna, TN 37167

1/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

1/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1/4/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/5/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/6/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/7/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/8/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/10/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1/11/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/12/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/14/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/15/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1/18/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/19/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/20/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/21/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/22/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/24/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1/28/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/29/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lascassas Elementary School, 6300 Lascassas Pike Lascassas, TN 37085

1/17/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Northside Baptist Church, 655 W. Thompson Lane Murfreesboro, TN 37130

1/20/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Living Faith Ministries, 208 Jefferson Pike Smyrna, TN 37167

1/29/2019: 2 - 7 p.m.

Central Magnet School, 701 E. Main St. Murfreesboro, TN 37130

1/30/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Northside Baptist Church, 655 W. Thompson Lane Murfreesboro, TN 37130

1/20/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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 CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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