Nashville Predators team up with Red Cross and over 15 organizations to host largest multi-state summer blood drive



Nashville Predators team up with Red Cross and over 15 organizations to host largest multi-state summer blood drive

Free T-shirt, a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card and a chance to win a $100 Nashville Predators Locker Room Gift Card for all pre-registered presenting donors Aug. 4-7

The American Red Cross is teaming up with the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub and over 15 organizations to host its largest multi-state blood drive August 4-7 in Tennessee, Bowling Green, KY and Huntsville, AL.The blood drive is part of a friendly competition between the Preds and the Arizona Coyotes stemming from the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifier matchup, which will benefit non-profits in both communities.

All presenting donors who pre-schedule an appointment will receive a Predators T-shirt, while supplies last. All presenting donors will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $100 Nashville Predators Locker Room Gift Card. One winner will be drawn from each blood drive location per day and receive the gift card via email within two weeks after their donation. Additionally, all presenting donors will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card, via email 30 days after their donationon behalf of Amazon*. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the gift cards. *Restrictions apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal. Terms and conditions apply; visit rcblood.org/together.

During the summer, the Red Cross often experiences a drastic decline in blood donations, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, the need for blood and blood drive hosts have increased. The Red Cross currently faces an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"About 80% of Red Cross blood donations are made at blood drives hosted by businesses, schools and community organizations," said Garry Allison, regional donor services executive, Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. "The Preds realize the impact COVID-19 has had on the ability of many of these groups to host blood drives and wanted to partner with them to provide convenient opportunities for people to give blood in their local community. We're grateful for their partnership and support of our generous blood drive hosts, which enables us to fulfill our lifesaving mission of helping area hospital patients."

The Nashville Predators Foundation recently hosted a multi-city blood drive at eight locations throughout Middle Tennessee in June, which collected 285 blood donations for patients. Blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of the community and blood donors of all types are needed at the Nashville Predators drive Aug. 4-7. As experts have emphasized, there is no certain end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross needs the help of blood donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply for weeks to come. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions - including social distancing and face masks for donors and staff - have been implemented to ensure the health of Red Cross donors, employees and volunteers.

The Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. Donors will be able to view their results 7-10 days after donation through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org.

Nashville Predators Foundation blood donation opportunities Aug. 4-7


American Red Cross Chapter Memphis, 1399 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 38104

8/4/2020: 1-6 p.m.

8/5/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Light Hall, 2215 Garland Ave. Nashville, TN 37232

8/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8/5/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8/6/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Putnam County Library, 50 E. Broad St., Cookeville, TN 38501

8/5/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Southeast Tennessee American Red Cross Blood Drive4115 S. Access Road Chattanooga, TN 37406

8/5/2020:1-6 p.m.


Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center,1021 Wilkinson Trace

Bowling Green, KY 42103

8/5/2020: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8/7/2020: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt, 2613 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203

8/5/2020: noon - 6 p.m.

8/6/2020: noon - 6 p.m.


Atkins Porter Recreation Center

500 Walnut Street Paris, TN 38242

8/5/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Dr. N.W. , Huntsville, AL 35806

8/5/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Clarksville American Red Cross, 1760 Madison St., Clarksville, TN 37043

8/5/2020: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


East Tennessee American Red Cross Blood Drive 6921 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37909

8/5/2020: 1 - 6 p.m.


Concord Road Church of Christ, 8221 Concord Road Brentwood, TN 37027

8/6/2020:1 - 7 p.m.


Cornerstone Baptist Church, 384 10th St., Crossville, TN 38555

8/6/2020: 1 - 6 p.m.


Natchez Trace American Red Cross Chapter, 129 West Fowlkes St, Ste 100 Franklin, TN 37064

8/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

8/7/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


First Baptist Church, 138 West Main St. Linden, TN 37096

8/6/2020: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Hendersonville Community Church, 381 West Main Hendersonville, TN 37075

8/6/2020: noon - 6 p.m.


Southeast Tennessee American Red Cross Blood Drive, 4115 S. Access Road

Chattanooga, TN 37406

8/6/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


YMCA Dickson, 301 Henslee Drive Dickson, TN 37055

8/6/2020: noon - 6 p.m.


Ridgetop Volunteer Fire Department, 1735 US-41 Ridgetop, TN 37152

8/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Golds Gym-Murfreesboro South, 1713 Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129

8/6/2020: 1 - 7 p.m.


Jamestown Community Center, Hwy 127 Jamestown, TN 38556

8/7/2020: 1 - 6 p.m.


Courtyard by Mariott, 1980 providence Parkway Mount Juliet, TN 37122

8/7/2020: 1-6 p.m.


Waverly United Methodist Church, 115 West Main St. Waverly, TN 37185

8/7/2020: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.


First United Methodist Church, 104 Church St., Camden, TN 38320

8/7/2020: noon - 6 p.m.


How to donate blood

Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: PREDS19 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.