Medic Regional Blood Center gears up for Battle of the Orange and Blue blood drive

It’s time once again to prove the volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee.

Medic Regional Blood Center’s 26th Annual Battle of the Orange and Blue — a blood drive competition between Tennessee and Kentucky kicks off Monday, Nov. 18.

This friendly competition pits University of Tennessee Volunteer fans against fans of the University of Kentucky Wildcats to see which group can bring in the most blood donations over a one-week period.

“It is a fun way to play off the football rivalry and get the community involved,” said Christi Fightmaster, director of public relations for Medic. The overall score of the competition comes down to 12 wins for Vol fans, 12 wins for Wildcat fans and back in 1992 there was a tie.

“The tie in 1992 just shows everyone how close this competition can be and that every single donation can make a difference,” Fightmaster said.

Volunteer fans have fallen to Wildcat fans the last three years and Medic is offering lots of great incentives to help garner more participation. Donors at all locations will receive a free game day T-shirt, a free small, one-topping pizza from Papa John’s and a small Frosty from Wendy’s.

Donors are also welcome to visit one of Medic’s two donor centers: 1601 Ailor Ave. 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut behind Pittsburgh Paints. Donors who visit one of these two donor centers will receive an additional incentive item: a free Regal Cinema movie pass with no expiration date.

Community drives are scheduled for:

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 at Laughlin Memorial Hospital in Greeneville.

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 at Takoma Regional Hospital in Greeneville.

• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Papa John’s, 617 Broadway Blvd. in Jefferson City.

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 at Wal-Mart in Morristown.

• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Wal-Mart in Morristown.

• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Wal-Mart in Newport.

This friendly “border war” began 26 years ago as a way for both Medic Regional Blood Center and Kentucky Blood Center to collect enough blood to adequately supply local hospitals during the holiday season.

The Battle of the Orange and Blue is a trusted way to ensure blood is on Medic’s shelves and hospital-ready when needed.

-From Contributed Reports

Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm