Help your community: donate blood at Pellissippi State

Medic Regional Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College on Sept. 12, and those who donate receive a free T-shirt and a coupon for a one-topping pizza. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at a level critical to serving those in need in East Tennessee.

There is a call for all blood types and currently an emergency need for O positive and O negative blood types. One donation can help up to three people. Blood and its components are used for transfusions, as well as in the treatment of patients with cancer and clotting disorders.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. They should not have fasted prior to arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to donating. Participants are asked to provide photo identification and a list of all current medications to Medic personnel at the site.

Event hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the F-1 lot at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Additional information on the donation process can be found at www.medicblood.org.