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MEDIC needs Farragut blood; drive scheduled at Town Hall Friday
Medic issues challenge to the town of Farragut


Medic Regional Blood Center challenges the residents of Farragut to “Get in the Game and Give Blood.”

Medic will host a blood drive at Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, May 19.

Medic is a not-for-profit organization and the sole provider of blood and blood products to 21 neighboring counties. According to Medic officials, 350 pints of blood must be collected by MEDIC every day of the week in order to adequately supply the 28 area hospitals it serves. Each and every blood drive makes a difference as to whether or not Medic reaches their daily quota.

Several years ago, Medic would meet almost a third of their daily quota at the bi-yearly Town Hall blood drive. However, that is no longer the case and Medic reports a significant decrease in the number of donors who stop by Town Hall to give blood. “It has been trending this way for the past couple of years,” Christi Fightmaster, Medic public Relations, said.

“For example,” she said, “in January two thousand-four, Medic collected one hundred seven pints. In January two thousand-five that number dropped to sixty-three and this January only forty-eight pints were collected.”

Medic Regional Blood Center challenges the town of Farragut to get back to the days of 100-plus donors. Medic does host a few new blood drives in the Turkey Creek area; however, the numbers collected there are not significant enough to be the sole explanation for the decline in donations at Town Hall.

All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh more than 110 pounds and have positive identification. A weekly drawing will take place now through Labor Day and a lucky donor will win a pair of tickets to any Tennessee Smokies’ home game. Donors will also receive a free T-shirt coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich and a year’s credit for Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. This program excludes donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees if a transfusion is needed at any U.S. hospital.

“This incentives acts like a mini-insurance policy. We hope it is not needed; however, if it is it can save a family thousands of dollars,” Fightmaster said. Each donation adds another year’s credit toward an individual’s membership.

Fightmaster added, Medic depends on the goodness of volunteer donors to give the “gift of life. Please show your Volunteer Spirit this Friday and stop in Farragut’s Town Hall and give blood.”

 

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