Red Cross donation center to open on Dec. 1, 2022
BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Nov. 17, 2022 — Red Cross platelet donors now have opportunities to give blood and platelets at a new donation center in Brentwood on Dec.1, 2022. The new location at 91 Seaboard Lane, Suite 104, is scheduled to open for eligible platelet and whole blood donors before the holiday season.
Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. Cancer patients, those receiving organ or bone marrow transplants, victims of traumatic injuries, and patients undergoing open heart surgery require platelet transfusions to survive. Whole blood and Power Red donations will also be received at the site. Opportunities to donate whole blood are also available at local blood drives and at two Red Cross sites in Nashville and Murfreesboro. To make an appointment, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.
“On behalf of the hospitals and patients we serve in the Tennessee Region and our wonderful volunteers, donors and staff of the American Red Cross, I want to welcome all blood donors to this wonderful new center,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive officer for the Tennessee Region Red Cross. “Platelet donations provide opportunities for the community to engage in our lifesaving and humanitarian missions. This state-of-the-art facility is another chance for us to continue strengthening our commitment to provide the blood products needed to keep our communities healthy.”
Red Cross serves many of the hospitals throughout Tennessee and is the only blood services provider that also offers health and safety training, serves as a vital communication link between military personnel and their families, teaches disaster preparedness, and provides relief to victims of disasters. To join our lifesaving mission by hosting a blood drive, visit RedCrossBlood.org to get started.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. 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. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
Amplify Your Impact − Volunteer!
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.
Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit https://www.redcross.org/volunteertoday.