The American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for donors of all blood types.
If at least two additional donors give at each blood drive through the end of July, the blood supply would be sufficient to meet patient needs.
Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization's late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply.
However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations.
"We cannot thank enough the blood donors who have already rolled up a sleeve this summer," said Tim Ryerson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. "We appreciate the support from donors in this community. We're encouraging all eligible donors who didn't have a chance to give yet to step up and help patients by making an appointment, as well as those who gave earlier in the spring and are now again eligible."
All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give this summer.
If you would like to donate blood to the American Red Cross, you can visit the Nashville Donor Center located at 2201 Charlotte Ave.
Hours of Operation are as listed:
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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