Medic Regional Blood Center is hosting a blood drive at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and those who donate will automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Foothills Fall Festival. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at the levels needed to serve community members in the East Tennessee region.
One donation can help up to three people. Blood and its components are used for transfusions, as well as in the treatment of cancer patients and those with clotting disorders. There is a current need for all blood types.
The Foothills Fall Festival, a three-day event featuring concerts, juried art, exhibits and 16 acres of rides and games, is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 in Maryville. Performers this year include nationally known artists Train and Darius Rucker, along with local and regional acts.
Medic is giving a pair of reserved-seat tickets good for all three days of the performances to one blood donor who donates prior to Oct. 11.
Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum 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 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the front lot of the Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Additional information on the donation process can be found at www.medicblood.org.