Nashville (Sept. 15, 2017) - The American Red Cross and the Nashville Predators are calling all of Smashville to roll up a sleeve to help patients in need by giving blood during the preseason matchup between the Preds and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Ninth Annual Nashville Predators Blood Drive will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. (CT) at Bridgestone Arena, in the Corporate Reception Room, 501 Broadway in Nashville.
"The Nashville Predators are excited to continue our partnership with the Red Cross by hosting a blood drive during our preseason game," said Rebecca King, Senior Director of Community Relations. "The need for blood is constant and partnering with Red Cross allows us to give back directly to our Nashville community by increasing supplies at local blood banks, while championing the Smashville community to do their part as well."
All presenting donors will receive a free commemorative Predators T-shirt, while supplies last, and a coupon for a free Sport Clips haircut via email several days after their donation. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
"We are excited to partner with the Nashville Predators as they kick off another successful season by helping hospital patients in need," said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. "It's our mission to ensure patients have the blood products they need, when they need them and generous partners like the Nashville Preds help make this possible."
How to Donate Blood:
To schedule an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PREDS19 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.