Blood donations tend to slow down during the holiday season, but the demand remains high at hospitals across the country as patients continue treatments and accidents keep happening.
“Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules,” according to the American Red Cross. “This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays.”
The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood supplier, accounting for about 40 percent of all donations.
Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, but there is currently a critical need for O Negative and B Negative donors.
Donation eligibility requirements can be found here.
Sumner Home Page put together a list of American Red Cross blood drives happening across Sumner County this holiday season and into the new year to make donating simple.
Wednesday, December 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bluegrass Commons Office Park
320 Bluegrass Commons Parkway
Friday, December 22, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Elmcroft of Hendersonville
1020 Carrington Place
Friday, December 29, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
204 Anderson Lane N.
Sunday, January 7, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
1739 Stop 30 Road
Friday, December 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
845 Nashville Place
Wednesday, December 27, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
2011 Nashville Pike
Thursday, January 4, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Gallatin Civic Center
210 Albert Gallatin Ave.
Tuesday, January 2, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Portland Diagnostic Center
105 Redbud Drive
Friday, January 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mckendree Memorial United Methodist Church
208 Wheeler St.
There are no blood drives scheduled in Goodlettsville, Millersville, Westmoreland or White House between Thursday, December 14 and Sunday, January 14.
Those without a blood drive in their community are welcome to visit the American Red Cross’ permanent location at 2201 Charlotte Ave. in Nashville between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays to donate.