Blood drives set next week

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Medic Regional Blood Center has three upcoming blood drives in Roane County that will include incentives for donors willing to take time to give blood during the summer months.  

Donors can give blood in a Medic mobile drive July 24 at Roane Medical Center at 412 Devonia St., Harriman.

Another mobile drive will be on July 25 at Oliver Springs Food City.

On July 30, a blood drive will be in the family center of Kingston Church of Christ at 120 Spring St.

All three blood drives will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to coupons for free chicken sandwiches, “donors who give blood at any location July 23-27 will receive one free voucher good for any Tennessee Smokies regular season home game,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman

Blood donations typically run low during summer months and the blood center has partnered with various community businesses to incentivize donors to take the time to give blood.

“We are just trying to be creative and offer practical incentive items that our donors will enjoy because, bottom line is, we need their donation,” Fightmaster said.  

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Anyone age 16 can be a donor with parental consent. They must weigh at least 120 pounds.

All donors will be asked to present identification.