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Wellmont to hold blood drives at area organizations

Staff Report • Dec 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Wellmont Health System's Marsh Regional Blood Center will conduct public blood drives at the following locations in the coming weeks.

Monday, Dec. 10, 9-11:30 a.m., Amedisys Home Health of Duffield, Duffield, Va.

Monday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Johnson City

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.-noon, Domtar, Kingsport

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.-noon, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Blountville

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Pfizer, Bristol

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 4-8 p.m., Food City, Gray

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CenturyLink, Sixth Street, Bristol

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Clinch River Corp., Cedar Bluff, Va.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, Va.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1-4 p.m., Clinch Valley Physicians, Claypool Hill, Va.

Thursday, Dec. 13, noon-4 p.m., Indian Path Medical Center, Kingsport

Thursday, Dec. 13, 1-6 p.m., Food City, Big Stone Gap, Va.

Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sullivan North High School, Kingsport

Friday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-noon, Phil Bachman Honda, Kingsport

Friday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Bristol Regional Medical Center, Walnut and Willow rooms, Bristol

Sunday, Dec. 16, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Johnson City

As many as three lives may be saved each time a person donates blood – and an individual’s blood donation to Marsh Regional stays local to help people in this region. Marsh Regional supplies blood to 22 healthcare facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Donors with O-negative blood types are particularly welcome, as their blood can be used for any patient.

Blood donations are especially important during the holiday season, as many regular donors go on vacation or are caught up in festivities. However, the need for blood to treat illnesses and injuries does not slow down during this time of year.

To donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.

For more information about scheduling a blood drive at a local business, church, school or community organization, please call 423-224-5888 or visit www.marshblood.com.

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