Inclement Weather And Canceled Blood Drives Have Resulted In Critical Need At Blood Assurance

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Nonprofit regional blood center Blood Assurance is calling on community members to make a blood donation at a local donor center or bloodmobile. Blood Assurance is in critical need of O negative, O positive, and A negative blood. Weather has caused drives to be canceled and caused people in affected areas to cancel appointments.

“We have been in critical need of O positive and O negative for a week now,” said Dr. Elizabeth Culler, medical director at Blood Assurance. “Due to weather, flu, and other circumstances donors have not been able to come in. We ask that anyone who can donate please give this week to build up supplies.”

Each donation of blood contains plasma, red blood cells and platelets that can be used to save up to three lives. Patients undergoing surgery, receiving cancer treatment or organ transplants rely on donated blood, in addition to the unexpected traumas seen at hospitals on a daily basis.

“Because we are in critical need we are asking healthy donors to come replenish the supply,” said Jay Baumgardner, director of marketing and community relations for Blood Assurance. “If you are able to donate, we ask that you take 30 minutes out of your day to save lives in your community.”

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. To schedule an appointment at a donor center or blood drive near you, visit www.bloodassurance.org, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE ‘ to 444999.


Troopers Chasing Car Stop It From Driving Over Chickamauga Dam The Wrong Way

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Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report


A vehicle started going the wrong way on Highway 153 during a police chase early Saturday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was able to stop the car from driving over Chickamauga Dam. ... (click for more)

A man was rescued from a vehicle early Saturday morning after being trapped for several hours in a Hixson ravine. Authorities said he was trapped for about two hours at 5900 Gann Road. ... (click for more)

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, CHRISTOPHER DEWAYNE 5700 ROPER ST APT M14 EAST RIDGE, 37412 Age at Arrest: 48 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton ... (click for more)


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A man was rescued from a vehicle early Saturday morning after being trapped for several hours in a Hixson ravine. Authorities said he was trapped for about two hours at 5900 Gann Road. Emergency personnel from Dallas Bay were finally summoned to the scene. The front windshield had to be cut out so he could be freed. The man was able to walk out on his own. However, ... (click for more)

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