Blount County, City of Alcoa and the City of Maryville: calling all residents, your Mayor needs your help. Medic Regional Blood Center invites all area residents to the “Battle for Blood” blood drive set for November 4. The three Mayors have teamed up to challenge residents to see which group can bring in the most blood donations. “The Blount County area, including Maryville and Alcoa have always been supportive of Medic. Actually, it’s our second best collection area behind Knox County area. Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor stated, “Donating blood is such an easy way to help someone, it’s free, and takes so little time. In keeping with our continued partnership and competitiveness among one another--Good luck to Alcoa and Blount County. Maryville’s coming in on top.” This fun competition is a great way to get people involved and maybe encourage some first time donors to give for their hometown,” states Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokesperson. Of course, the winning area will receive bragging rights as well as a trophy.
Medic reports being low on most all blood types at this time. Please stop by your local blood drive and help save a life! Medic Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for 27 area hospitals in 21 counties. The Nov. 4 “Battle for Blood” locations are:
Blount County’s Sheriff’s Department, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
City of Alcoa, 725 Universal Street, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
City of Maryville, Operation Center, Home Avenue 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Municipal Building, W. Broadway, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Each of these locations will have a ballot box for which people can vote for their favorite area.
Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and have positive identification.
Donors will receive a year’s membership towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program which exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed. Donors will also receive a free t-shirt and a cholesterol evaluation (no fasting required).