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Northeast Tennessee Red Cross hosting two blood drives in April

STAFF REPORT • Apr 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM

KINGSPORT — As the battle against the coronavirus rages on, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to help their communities maintain a sufficient blood supply by scheduling and keeping blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead.

Local residents will have two opportunities to answer that call this month.

The Red Cross will host blood drives from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 7 and April 22, at the Northeast Tennessee American Red Cross, located at 660 Eastern Star Road in Kingsport.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions have been implemented to ensure the health of Red Cross donors, employees and volunteers, the agency said.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling (800) RED-CROSS or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Making an appointment (and keeping it) is important for helping manage the flow of donors appropriately in support of social distancing practices.

Blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of communities. During this time of uncertainty, it’s one sure-fire way for community members to help take care of one another.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. It’s available online at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or on the Blood Donor App.

The American Red Cross, a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission, supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood. To learn more, visit redcross.org.

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