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Red Cross seeks blood donors during annual January lull


Red Cross seeks blood donors during annual January lull

January coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.

Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month. There are opportunities to donate every day of the month.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations,” Janssen said.

To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Williamson County area blood drives:

  • Brentwood Library, Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/3/2019: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Aspen Grove Christian Church, 274 Mallory Station Road Franklin, TN 37067
    1/4/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • McKay’s Mill, 1215 Habersham Way Franklin, TN 37067
    1/7/2019: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Little House Animal Hospital, 1109 Battlewood St. Franklin, TN 37069
    1/9/2019: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co., 101 West Park Dr. Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/10/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Hilton Brentwood/Nashville Suites, 9000 Overlook Blvd. Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/10/2019: 2 – 7 p.m.
  • Nolensville First United Methodist Church, 7316 Nolensville Road Nolensville, TN 37135
    1/10/2019: 1:15 – 7:15 p.m.
  • Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Way Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/11/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Quorum Health, 1573 Mallory Lane Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/11/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Southeast Financial Credit Union, 220 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. Franklin, TN 37064
    1/16/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Westhaven Residents Club, 401 Cheltenham Ave. Franklin, TN 37064
    1/16/2019: 2 – 7 p.m.
  • Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, 117 4th Ave. Franklin, TN 37064
    1/20/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, 9100 Crockett Road Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/20/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd. Franklin, TN 37067
    1/21/2019: 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Harpeth Christian Church, 1101 Gardner Dr. Franklin, TN 37064
    1/22/2019: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • eviCore, 730 Cool Springs Blvd Suite 800 Franklin, TN 37064
    1/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • LifePoint Health, 330 Seven Springs Way Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/24/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Way Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/25/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane Franklin, TN 37064
    1/25/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, 101 Legends Club Lane Franklin, TN 37064
    1/27/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Maryland Farms YMCA, 5101 Maryland Way Brentwood, TN 37027
    1/29/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • NHC Place at Cool Springs, 211 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin, TN 37067
    1/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Red Cross Nashville Blood Donation Center and the Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center offer daily blood donation opportunities. The Nashville center is at 2201 Charlotte Ave. Nashville, TN 37203; and the Murfreesboro center is at 501 Memorial Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit
RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

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