NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations, after receiving an estimated 250,000 fewer donations amid canceled blood drives and coronavirus concerns. 

The U.S. Surgeon General says it is still safe to donate blood and he is worried about blood shortages in the future. 

The Red Cross says they have added extra additional precautions at blood drives to keep donors safe and are asking people to schedule appointments to donate blood. 

Appointments can be made by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. They have also added the following blood drives, in partnership with the Nashville Predators.  

Nashville Predators Blood Drive* 

4/1/2020: noon – 7 p.m. 

Location 1: Hilton Brentwood Nashville Suites, 9000 Overlook Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027 

Schedule an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and entering sponsor code: Preds19

Location 2: Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt Hotel, 2613 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 

Schedule an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and entering sponsor code: HolidayInn19

* All presenting donors who pre-schedule an appointment will receive to give blood at one of the Nashville Predators Blood Drive locations will receive a $20 gift card to the Preds Team Store, while supplies last.    

Hilton Brentwood Nashville Suites, 9000 Overlook Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027 

3/31/2020: 1-7 p.m. 

4/2/2020: 2-7 p.m. 

4/8/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

4/9/2020: 1-7 p.m. 

Schedule an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and entering sponsor code: HiltonSuites