KINGSPORT - In an effort to boost blood supplies, the Marsh Regional Blood Center is offering donors the opportunity to give blood at the Julia Davis Collection Center in Kingsport this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
In addition to the usual refreshments and drinks, doughnuts will be available for donors that day.
"Our area continues to grow, which means more blood is needed than ever before, and we are firmly committed to doing whatever it takes to help every single patient," said Julia Davis, a MRBC donor recruiter for more than 40 years. "If it means being open earlier in the morning, later into the evening or on weekends, then that is exactly what we will do."
If the weekend hours prove to be popular with donors, they may become a more regular part of MRBC's donation schedule in the near future.
In addition to this weekend's hours of operation, MRBC will hold a special blood drive at its Kingsport site Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. to honor Merissa Williams.
Williams, a Sullivan North student, was recently injured in an automobile accident in Kingsport and required transfusions of several units of blood. She is in the hospital recovering.
At the request of her parents, MRBC will conduct the blood drive Friday to support Williams in her recovery and help raise awareness about the area's blood needs.
All blood types are needed, with types A negative and O negative being in especially high demand.
All individuals who are in good health are asked to visit their nearest collection center this week. Also, those who have not given blood recently or never donated are encouraged to visit or contact a MRBC collection center to give blood or receive more information.
The Marsh Regional Blood Center serves 17 medical facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Collection centers are located in Kingsport at 102 E. Ravine Road, Suite 200, and in Bristol at 1 Medical Park Blvd. on the Main Floor of Bristol Regional Medical Center.
For more information call 224-5888.