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Upcoming area blood drives

Blood Assurance is calling on the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region to make blood donations at a local donor center or bloodmobile because of the increased demand in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey and flooding associated with the storm has had a major impact on the nation’s blood supply. In response to the need for blood donations, nonprofit regional blood center Blood Assurance has sent and will continue sending blood supply to centers in Southeast Texas.

“Our hearts and prayers are with every person in Southeast Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Jay Baumgardner, executive director for marketing and community outreach. “Blood Assurance is humbled to be able to support those in need during this tragedy. There are many ways to help during this time, and donating blood is one of the best ways you can support the people of Texas. The need for blood donations is urgent, and we are asking members of our community to give whole blood donations today and in weeks to come.”

Blood Assurance Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations:

  • Thursday, August 31st, 9:00a-11:00a, Department of Social Services, Abingdon, VA
  • Thursday, August 31st, 12:00-6:00p, ACT-Fairview, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, August 31st, 1:00p-4:00p, Highlands Union Bank, Abingdon, VA
  • Friday, September 1st, 10:00a-2:00p, ACT-Fairview, Johnson City, TN
  • Tuesday, September 5th, 1:00p-5:00p, ETSU-Pedestrian Mall/Pride Walk, Johnson City, TN
  • Wednesday, September 6th, 10:00a-5:00p, ETSU-Culp Center, Left Ballroom, Johnson City, TN
  • Thursday, September 7th, 10:00a-5:00p, ETSU-Culp Center, Left Ballroom, Johnson City, TN
  • Friday, September 8th, 10:00a-3:00p, Smyth County Administrative Offices, Marion, VA

Donors also welcome at Blood Assurance Donor Centers:

  • 16000 Johnston Memorial Dr., Medical Suite 110, Abingdon, VA
  • 100 Linden Square Dr., Bristol, VA
  • 1 Professional Park Drive, Suite 14, Johnson City, TN
  • 300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport, TN

 

Donors must be at least 18 years old (16-17 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary gift and snacks. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids -avoiding caffeine- prior to giving blood.

To schedule a blood drive at a local business, school, church or civic/community organization, please contact:

 

In Tennessee, Mike Patterson, 423-298-4335, [email protected]

In Virginia, Sam McKinney, 276-780-4136, [email protected]