Medic holding tailgate party themed blood drive Thursday

Medic holding tailgate party themed blood drive Thursday


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Medic Regional Blood Center is trying to boost blood donations ahead of the Labor Day holiday by offering free movie tickets and Vols game day T-shirts to anyone who donates blood Thursday.

Any donor at any of Medic's locations will receive a free Regal Cinemas move pass. As this is a "tailgate party" themed blood drive as well, donors will also get a "Rise to the Top" T-shirt.

"Medic's facility is closed on Labor Day which means no collections coming in for our area hospitals, however, shipments will still go out to area hospitals," explains Medic spokesperson Christi Fightmaster.

Statistics show the need for blood can increase during holiday weekends due to a possible increase in accidents.

People can donate at the following locations:

  • Medic Headquarters, 1601 Ailor Avenue, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Medic Regional Blood Center, 11000 Kingston Pike/Farragut, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Kroger, 9225 Kingston Pike, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • McKay's Books, 230 Papermill Place Way, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Texas Roadhouse, 334 Fountain View Circle, Alcoa, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Texas Roadhouse, 3071 Kinzel Way, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Donors visiting the Medic Headquarters on Ailor Avenue will be treated to a hot dog lunch as well as pizza samples from Papa Murphy's Pizza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and all donors must have positive identification.

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