Ghosts, monsters, mummies and vampires – it’s fun to be scared on Halloween. From fake blood to fake teeth, trick-or-treaters are serious in their pursuit of candy.
The American Red Cross is also serious around Halloween – serious about preventing a blood shortage. While there are many ways to create fake blood, there is no substitute for the real thing. Blood and platelets must come from volunteer donors, yet studies show only three in 100 people give blood.
The Tennessee Valley Blood Region serves 58 hospitals and must have approximately 600 people donate blood or platelets each week day to treat hospital patients in Middle Tennessee and across the country.
You can stay one step ahead of the vampires this Halloween by donating whole blood or platelets. Your life-saving donation is the perfect treat and the best way to scare off a blood shortage, the Red Cross says. One donation can help save up to three lives.
Locally, blood drives will be held in October at McMinnville Civic Center on Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and at Caney Fork Electric on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.
Please call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood.