Roll up your sleeves and give blood

Johnson City Press • Jan 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Local health officials are sending out an urgent call for Tennesseans to roll up their sleeves during this National Blood Donor Month.

Blood donations tend to decrease during the holidays, leaving supplies low at the beginning of the new year. That’s particularly true this January.

As Press staff writer Brandon Paykamian reported last week, this winter’s harsh flu season, combined with the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, have created a shortage of blood supplies both locally and nationally.

As usual, there is a great need for O positive, O negative, A positive and A negative. Of course, donors of all blood types are being asked to donate.

Without significant blood donations, one serious traffic accident could  decimate local supplies. You can help by donating blood at the Johnson City office of the American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive. Call 800-733-2767, or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

You can also donate at the Marsh Regional Blood Center, 2428 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City. Call 408-7500 or 679-4669 or visit marshblood.com to learn more.

To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in general good health. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation and remember to include iron-rich foods in your diet before giving blood.

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