|For many people, a new year signifies a fresh start. They resolve to get healthy and accomplish things they didn’t do the previous year.
So when you are making your list of New Year’s resolutions, why not add blood donation to the list?
January and February are tough months for blood collection. Blood drives may be canceled due to inclement weather; donors cancel blood donation appointments when the roads are bad and many people have cold and flu symptoms, making them ineligible to give blood.
Blood donation is so important because each donation has the potential to save up to three lives. So, this new year, consider a resolution that makes a lifesaving difference – give blood.
Locally, you may give blood on the following dates:
• Sunday, Jan. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at Cross Creek at Victory Station located at 490 Fortress Blvd. in Murfreesboro.
• Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Church located at 335 Waldron Road in La Vergne.
• Sunday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church – Knights of Columbus located at 10602 Old Nashville Highway in Smyrna.
• Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alvin C. York Veterans Administration Building 107 located at 3400 Lebanon Road in Murfreesboro.
• Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belle Aire Baptist Church located at 1307 N. Rutherford Blvd. in Murfreesboro.
In addition, the Murfreesboro Donor Center is open from 7 a.m. to noon the 1st, 4th and 5th Sundays, as well as Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday, Closed, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Christmas Eve 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon.
Donors may subscribe to Red Cross texting by sending redcross to 42227 or registering online at bloodisneeded.org.
How to Donate Blood
Log on to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.