MEDIC Regional Blood Center is teaming up with Food City, Star 102.1, and WATE 6 On Your Side to encourage those in East Tennessee to roll up their sleeves and give lifesaving blood.
Roll Up Your Sleeve week is hosted every January at a time when blood inventory tends to be low. This year, MEDIC’s inventory is near critical levels. Everyone is asked to donate blood regardless of their blood type.
Food City is hosting MEDIC at 21 of their East Tennessee area stores across 13 counties. To help encourage people to donate blood, one person at each Food City hosted blood drive will win a $50 Food City gift card. At the end of the week, every blood donor will be entered into another drawing for a $500 Food City gift card.
Additionally, each person who donates blood will receive a MEDIC Roll Up Your Sleeve t-shirt and a coupon for a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse.
“Right now we don’t have the blood supply we need,” said MEDIC spokesperson Benjamin Prijatel. “If you’re a regular blood donor, please come in and donate. If you can’t give blood but want to help, please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to participate. “
In addition to the locations at Food City stores, WATE 6 On Your Side is also hosting a MEDIC blood drive. One donor who gives blood there will also win a $50 Food City gift card.
Below is a list of all of the Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive locations:
Monday, January 18th
Food City South Knoxville, 7608 Mountain Grove Drive – 5:30am-12:30pm
Food City Alcoa, 131 N. Hall Road – 11am-6pm
Food City New Tazewell, 1410 N. Broad Street – 11am-6pm
Food City Blaine, 180 Rutledge Pike – 11am-6pm
Tuesday, January 19th
Food City Clinton, 507 S. Charles G Seivers Blvd – 11am-6pm
Food City Kodak, 2946 Winfield Dunn Parkway – 11am-6pm
Food City Morristown, 451 S. Cumberland St. – 11am-6pm
Food City Vonore, 2120 Hwy 411 – 11am-6pm
Food City Powell, 7350 Clinton Highway – 11am-5:30pm
Wednesday, January 20th
Food City West Maryville, 1610 West Broadway Ave. – 11am-6pm
Food City Halls, 7202 Maynardville Hwy – 5:30am-12:30pm
Food City Maynardville, 4344 Maynardville Hwy. – 11am-6pm
Food City Greeneville, 905 Snapps Ferry Road – 11am-6pm
Food City Jefferson City, 1507 Odell Drive – 11am-6pm
Thursday, January 21st
WATE 6 On Your Side, 1306 N. Broadway – 11:45am-6:30pm
Food City East Maryville – 2135 E. Broadway – 11am-6pm
Food City Oak Ridge, 1199 Oak Ridge Turnpike – 11am-6pm
Food City Sevierville, 741 Dolly Parton Parkway – 11am-6pm
Food City Middlesboro, 102 North 12th Street – 11am-6pm
Friday, January 22nd
Food City East Knoxville, 7510 Asheville Hwy – 5:30am-12:30pm
Food City LaFollette, 2111 Jacksboro Pike – 11am-6pm
Food City Dandridge, 123 West Highway 25/70 – 11am-6pm
Donors can watch WATE 6 On Your Side or listen to Star 102.1 all week for more about this event and the impact blood donors are making in East Tennessee.
All donors are encouraged to go to www.medicblood.org/eligibility to determine whether they are eligible to give blood.