MEDIC Regional Blood Center hosts competition between Tennessee, Florida fans

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Vols and Gators fans will be competing against each other before the September 16 football game.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is hosting the competition between blood donors.

The school with the most blood donors wins. Donors can receive a Vols T-shirt, small one-topping pizza from Papa John’s, a Wendy’s Frosty, a free Petro and Texas Roadhouse appetizer.

The blood drive competition was in question for a while though because with Hurricane Irma wreaking havoc down south the blood bank in Gainesville that MEDIC competes with, LifeSouth, had to shut its doors for several days.

Since this competition is the biggest drive for both blood centers, canceling was not an option.

“We’re hoping for another big year this year and that’s for two reasons. One, we really need the blood here in our local hospitals. Donations always tend to be a little bit lower in the summer, so we really need kind of a pick up. Then also down in Florida they haven’t been able to collect blood the past few days because of Hurricane Irma,” said Ben Prijatel with MEDIC. “We’ve had to reshuffle some things. They’ve definitely had to do that, but it’s game on and we’re hoping for a big week. We’re hoping that Vol fans really turn out.”

Donors Tuesday were giving blood with the storm on their minds.

“It’s a very easy thing to do and it helps other people and especially with all the disasters that we’re having in our country right now. Any little bit I can do to help, I’m glad to do it,” said Doug Hayes.

They said they know every little pint makes a big difference.

“There’s a lot of people who die every day because they need blood, and it could have been solved by just donating blood,” said Zoe Bruce.

Many times MEDIC does send blood to disaster zones wherever it is needed, and because of Hurricane Irma they have already been in contact with the blood centers in Florida to see if they might need some of the blood that is gathered during this competition week.

There are many locations that fans can donate blood.

Sept. 11

  • Food City Greeneville (515 Asheville Hwy) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Laughlin Memorial Hospital Greeneville (1420 Tusculum Blvd) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Methodist Medical Center (990 Oak Ridge Tnpk, Oak Ridge) 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Walmart Clinton (150 Tanner Lane) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sept. 12

  • Food City Loudon (2799 Highway 72 N) 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Walmart Rockwood (1102 North Gateway Ave) 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • UT HPER Building 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • UT Ag Campus 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • UT Sorority Village 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • UT College of Law 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sept. 13

  • Pellissippi State Community College (10915 Hardin Valley Rd) 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Walmart Sevierville (1414 Parkway) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • UT HPER Building, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • UT Orange Hall 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • UT Stokely Hall 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sept. 14

  • Books-A-Million Oak Ridge (310 S Illinois Ave) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Lowe’s Harriman (1800 Roane State Hwy) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Provision Center for Proton Therapy (1400 Dowell Springs Blvd, Knoxville) 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Walmart Morristown (475 South Davy Crockett Pkwy) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Walmart Oneida (19740 Alberta Street) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • UT HPER Building 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sept. 15

  • New Midland Plaza Alcoa (115 N Calderwood St) 10 a.m.6 p.m.
  • Provision Center for Proton Therapy (1400 Dowell Springs Blvd, Knoxville) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Walmart Athens (1815 Decatur Pike) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Walmart Lenoir City (911 Hwy 321 North) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Walmart Newport (1075 Cosby Highway) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MEDIC Knoxville Donor Center 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Farragut Donor Center 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Crossville Donor Center 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • UT HPER Building 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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