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Ring in the New Year with Blood Donation
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For many people, a new year signifies a fresh start. You resolve to get healthy and accomplish things you didn’t do the previous year.
So when you are making your list of New Year’s resolutions, why not add blood donation to the list?
January and February are tough months for blood collection.  Blood drives may be canceled due to inclement weather. Donors cancel blood donation appointments when the roads are bad and many people have cold and flu symptoms, making them ineligible to give blood.
Blood donation is so important because each donation has the potential to save up to three lives. So, this new year, consider a resolution that makes a lifesaving difference – give blood.
During the month of January, all presenting donors will be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. In addition, from now until Jan. 13, all presenting donors will also be entered to win a tablet computer valued at $500. Make your appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Blood Drives will be held all across the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. In Warren County, the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Jan. 9 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at McMinnville Civic Center on Garfield Street.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.