Blood Assurance Holds Several Blood Drives In June

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Blood Assurance has several blood drives available each week to make saving lives more convenient for their blood donors. The following blood drives are scheduled for the first week of June: 

June 2:

Scottsboro Urgent Care - Scottsboro

Lowe's - Cleveland       

Manchester Recreation Deptarment - Manchester

Genesis Career College - Cookeville      

Walker State Prison - Rock Spring

Harbin Ford Lincoln - Scottsboro

Walker County Farm Bureau - La Fayette

June 3:  

Tullahoma Utilities Board - Tullahoma

Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Rome

Dekalb Hospital - Smithville

Family Medical Center - Smithville

Ingles  - Trenton

June 4:

Liberty Steel Fabrication  - Fyffe

Copper Basin Medical Center - Copperhill

Memorial Hospital - Chattanooga

Medical Center of Manchester - Manchester

June 5:  

Propex Ringgold - Ringgold

Town of Ider - Ider

Coffee County Lannom Public Library - Tullahoma

June 6:

Shop Rite - Stevenson

City of Dallas - Dallas

Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic - McMinnville

Payless Family Pharmacy - Sparta

Bank of LaFayette - La Fayette

BenchMark Physical Therapy - Ooltewah

C.D. Stamps Community Center - Tullahoma

June 7:  

Lyerly Masonic Lodge - Summerville

Complete Cash Blue Ridge - Blue Ridge 

Blood Assurance, the non-profit regional blood center, serves 47 counties in a 5 state region, including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, and is the sole provider of blood and blood components for over 70 healthcare facilities. More than 440 blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply the region served by Blood Assurance with lifesaving blood. 

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. 

All blood types are needed. For more information about donating blood, blood center locations or drives, please call Blood Assurance at 800/962-0628.


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