BY A.J. DUGGER III
The American Red Cross is offering a free cookout and $10 Visa gift card giveaway for those who donate blood at the Franklin Donor Day blood drive Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This is a great way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our regular donors,” said Honora Bates, senior account manager for the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region.
Red Cross is teaming up with the Franklin Lions Club, Cool Springs Rotary Club and Suburban Propane to present the event. Franklin Donor Day is a day to raise awareness about blood donations.
This is the second annual Franklin Donor Day, and it was selected during the beginning of summer for a reason.
“Everyone is enjoying vacation, so they don’t have as much time to give blood. When everyone is out of school, it is a little bit more challenging to get donors,” said Bates. “The summer is always the time of year when people donate blood the least.”
According to a press release issued by The Red Cross, one-third fewer donors schedule appointments during June, July and August, which totals to 64,000 fewer donations during the summer season.
The Red Cross and Suburban Propane have partnered since 2012.
“The ultimate goal of course is to help us increase the amount of people coming out for our blood drive,” said Bates.
At check-in, a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required. To donate blood, an individual needs to be 17 years old or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. People under 18 years old should meet certain weight and height requirements.
The Franklin Donor Day Drive will take place at the Williamson County Library Meeting Room, 1314 Columbia Avenue in Franklin.
For more information, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.