News 2 partners with Red Cross, encourages blood donations

News 2 partners with Red Cross, encourages blood donations (Image 1)

If you have a few minutes to spare, why not provide the gift of life?

News 2 is partnering with the American Red Cross in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky for a blood drive Thursday.  It doesn't cost anything but your time and will allow recipients another chance at life.

“We need about 500 to 600 units of blood and frequently, especially during the winter months, we don't hit that number,” Regina Conway explained to News 2.

Conway added that the need for blood increases during the holiday, as people get busy and forget to set appointments.

Donors must be healthy, 17 years of age and a minimum of 110 pounds.

You can donate from 9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Thursday at 2201 Charlotte Avenue or at the American Legion Post at 812 Nashville Highway in Columbia from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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