MEDIC Regional Blood Center drive helps replenish critically low supply

MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Food City, Star 102.1 and WATE 6 On Your Side host 'Roll Up Your Sleeve Week' to save lives.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – January is the time of year when Medic Regional Blood Center runs critically low on supplies.

That’s why every year, MEDIC Regional Blood Center teams 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. People are asked to donate, regardless of 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.

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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.

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 Closed due to weather
  • Food City Greeneville, 905 Snapps Ferry Road – 11am-6pm Closed due to weather
  • Food City Jefferson City, 1507 Odell Drive – 11am-6pm Closed due to weather

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

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