Wellmont Health Systems to sponsor two blood drives

Wellmont Health System’s Marsh Regional Blood Center will conduct two public blood drives in Rogersville in the coming days:

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 at the Rogersville Town Hall.

• 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 at Wal-Mart on Highway 66.

Marsh Regional has supplied blood to health care facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for more than 60 years. As many as three lives may be saved each time a person donates blood. All donations stay local to help people in the region.

Blood donations are especially important during the holiday season, as many regular donors go on vacation or participate in festivities. The need for blood to treat illnesses and injuries does not slow down during this time of year.

Donors with O-negative blood are particularly welcome because their blood can be used for any patient.

To donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate.

Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.

For more information about donating blood or scheduling a blood drive at a local business, church, school or community organization, call 423-244-5888 or visit www.marshblood.com.

- From Staff Reports

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm