MEDIC needs blood

Jay FitzOur Town Health

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is at critical inventory levels for O Negative, A Negative, A Positive; and low inventory for O Positive. If you can help, check here to arrange an appointment to donate blood.

MEDIC staff has put together incentives to encourage donations.

Through July 22, MEDIC staff will be grilling hot dogs at various locations. Donors will receive a hot dog, chips and drink when donating. Donors will also receive a ticket to a TN Smokies baseball game, a MEDIC summer shirt, a Texas Roadhouse coupon, and the chance to win one of several prizes.

As a reminder, MEDIC has teamed up with United Way of Greater Knoxville to offer a $5,000 mini-grant to the nonprofit that has the most blood product donors this summer. Each donation is worth one point, and the nonprofit with the most points on August 31 will earn the grant.

MEDIC and United Way will also offer $1,000 mini-grants in July. Mobile Meals earned the June $1,000 mini-grant. All local nonprofits are eligible to win. Donors must complete a voting card or email their donation date, location and nonprofit name to MEDIC.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made online at or by calling 865-524-3074.

MEDIC is the primary blood product provider for 24 hospitals in 22 counties including Blount Memorial, Covenant Health System, East TN Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and UT Medical Center.

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