Local nonprofits team up with blood drive, ‘Give for Pat’

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MEDIC Regional Blood Center is teaming up with The Pat Summitt Foundation to benefit patients in need of blood, Alzheimer’s research and caregiver support with a week-long blood drive in early February.

“Not only was former Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt a blood donor, she was an advocate for MEDIC and the community blood supply. On countless occasions she worked to promote MEDIC’s mission and motivated her fans to roll up their sleeves,” the nonprofits stated in a joint release. 

From Monday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 8, anyone who can “Give for Pat” by donating blood at any MEDIC blood drive –  will directly support Coach Summitt’s legacy, as MEDIC will make a $10 donation to the The Pat Summitt Foundation for every donor who donates blood.

MEDIC has set a goal of 1,500 donors for the week-long event.

Donors can give at any of the following locations (full list can also be found online at medicblood.org):

Monday – 2/4
Anderson County Health Department: 9am-12pm
Knoxville City County Building: 9am-2pm
Food City – Asheville Highway: 10am-6pm
Laughlin Memorial Hospital: 10am-6pm
National Fitness Maryville: 11am-6pm
Pizza Plus/Andersonville: 1:30pm-5pm

Tuesday – 2/5
Barrette Outdoor Living: 7am-1pm
Big Lots in Clinton: 11am-6pm
Midway IGA: 11am-6pm

Wednesday – 2/6
Blount Memorial Hospital: 12pm-6pm
Dotson Memorial Baptist Church: 2pm-8pm
Flex-N-Gate Rockford: 1pm-6pm
Sloan’s of Vonore: 1pm-7pm
Walmart – Jefferson City: 1pm-7pm
Walmart – Sevierville: 1pm-7pm

Thursday – 2/7
CVS Pharmacy- Lafollette: 11am-6pm
Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center: 7am-3pm
Oak Ridge Family Bible Church: 12pm-6pm
Papa John’s Pizza – Seymour: 11am-6pm
Walmart – Middlesboro: 11am-6pm
Walmart – Morristown (475 South Davy Crockett Pkwy): 10am-6pm

Friday – 2/8
ETHRA: 11am-5pm
Hammer’s – Halls: 11am-6pm
Walgreens – New Tazewell: 11am-6pm
Walmart – Alcoa: 11am-6pm
Walmart – Newport: 10am-6pm
Walmart – West A.J. Hwy: 10am-6pm

Each donor will receive a 20% off coupon from Alumni Hall, a voucher for a small Papa John’s Pizza, and a $5 Salsarita’s coupon.

MEDIC is asking the community to use the hashtag #GiveForPat on social media when posting pictures of their donation or encouraging others to give.

Those who want to donate can check to see if they’re eligible by going to medicblood.org or by calling 865-524-3074.

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