Give the gift of life — donate blood
Dec 15, 2013 | 655 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteer blood donors give the greatest gift of all to patients in need at area hospitals – the gift of life. Without their blood donation, patients needing life-saving surgeries would not survive, people fighting cancer and blood ailments would not have platelets, and burn victims would not have plasma to heal their wounds.

Blood Assurance’s holiday hours are closing at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 and closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Donation sites during the holidays include:

— Dec. 27 at Life Care Center of America, 3001 Keith St., Cleveland, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

— Dec. 30 at Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m.

— Dec. 31 at Walmart, 2750 Keith St., Cleveland, from 9a.m. to 1 p.m.

Regular hours for all bloodmobiles and donor centers resume on Jan. 2, 2014.

To be eligible to donate, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health.

The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and T-shirt. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

To find a location near you, visit www.bloodassurance .org/locations or call 1-800-962-0628. Donors can also inquire about upcoming blood drives in their area by visiting