All blood types are needed, but there is a demand for type O negative and type O positive blood
Nashville – Holidays are always a busy season for everyone, but the need for blood doesn’t take a holiday.
The need for blood is a daily constant that only blood donors can help provide. The American Red Cross along with the Nashville Predators Foundation is asking fans to help this season by donating blood for patients in need.
Preds blood drives are taking place in cities across Tennessee and Kentucky.
“We have seen recently how fast a disaster can happen and the need for blood then increases,” Joel Sullivan, regional executive with the American Red Cross Tennessee Region said. “It is our responsibility as a community to step up and keep a solid blood supply on the shelves so we can answer the call when the need is great. We cannot do that without the generous support of our blood donors.”
The partnership with the Preds is vital for the American Red Cross. The Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of all blood products to hospitals across the nation. All blood types are needed, but there is a demand for type O negative and type O positive blood. O negative type blood is the universal donor that can be given to any patient of any blood type during emergencies. Those type O blood bags are used most by hospital emergency rooms to treat trauma patients and during surgeries.
Approximately 80% of blood donated through the Red Cross comes from blood drives hosted by volunteer blood drive sponsors.
New blood drive sponsors are always needed.
All presenting donors will receive a Predators winter fan beanie, while supplies last. Donors can also receive a long-sleeved winter holiday Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last! Plus, thanks to Prime Video and their new film CANDY CANE LANE, donors get a chance to win a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card and a 65-inch Amazon Fire TV! There will be 12 winners! Terms: rcblood.org/Amazon.
Find a blood drive location near you HERE.
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