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News 2, American Red Cross team up for 'Holiday Hero' blood drive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Give a gift that cannot be bought in a store. Give the gift of blood that could save someone’s life. 

Blood donations are urgently needed right now, especially type O.  The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply to hospitals. There’s a severe shortage right now.  Blood and platelet donations are down. Fewer groups are signing up to do blood drives.

“The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “While many are spending time with family and friends, attending holiday parties and exchanging gifts, patients are in the hospital in need of blood.

This year, donors will get a $5 gift card to  (Donors must have a valid email address on file to receive their reward. Visit for restrictions, terms and conditions.*) 

The Red Cross is working to streamline the donation process.  
•    Make an appointment by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. 
•    Use RapidPass® to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. Visit and follow the instructions on the site.
•    A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Donors may be as young as 17 with parent consent. Donors should weigh at least 110 pounds. 

Where to donate across the area on Monday, Dec. 17:

Nashville Blood Donation Center
2201 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

American Red Cross
1760 Madison St.
Clarksville, TN 37043
12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

7100 Hopgood Road
Fairview, TN 37062
1 - 5 p.m.

Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center
501 Memorial Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Kroger-Alexander Plaza
1203 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
1- 6 p.m.

Kroger Marketplace
2011 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
1- 5 p.m.

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