Special Event At Marsh Regional Celebrates Blood Donors For Saving Lives At Area Medical Facilities

A special upcoming event by Marsh Regional Blood Center is showing blood donation not only saves lives but can be enjoyable, too.

The area’s leading blood supplier is hosting a local celebration Friday, June 13, in honor of World Blood Donor Day. Geared for the entire family, this event will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Marsh Regional’s Kingsport and Bristol collection centers.

Activities include free food, music and games. T-shirts commemorating this day will be available while supplies last.

Don Campbell, Marsh Regional’s director, said the blood center values donors for their contribution to the area’s health. He said this event is a perfect way to thank them for giving the gift of life.

“We are looking forward to dedicating this day to our donors for saving as many as three lives every time they roll up their sleeves,” Campbell said. “Marsh Regional is grateful for the many committed donors who recognize the importance of having an adequate supply of blood on our shelves to meet the needs of patients in our area.”

Those not yet old enough to give blood can still enjoy the games, food and music with their families.

As donors enjoy the day’s festivities, they also have an opportunity to give blood at the two collection centers – 111 W. Stone Drive, Suite 300, in Kingsport and 1996 W. State St. in Bristol. Donations will be welcome because they can dip during the summer, when people are taking vacations or taking part in other social events.

“The summer months provide an even greater opportunity for people to donate blood,” Campbell said. “While many people are away traveling, others in the region are participating in activities that may result in injury. We have a constant need for blood because we never know how quickly our supply might be needed.”

Blood donated to Marsh Regional helps patients in 16 healthcare facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

To donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.

For more information, please visit www.marshblood.com or connect at www.facebook.com/MarshBlood and @Marsh_Blood on Twitter. People can also call Marsh Regional at 423-408-7500.