Double the good with Medic in OS

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Medic Regional Blood Center and Second Harvest Food Bank are teaming up in December with a “Double Your Good Deed” theme to create a unique giving opportunity for donors.

All blood donors, including those donating next week during a blood drive in Oliver Springs High School library, will have the opportunity to opt out of a T-shirt, and a donation equal to nine meals will be made to Second Harvest.

“It’s very easy for donors to help two area nonprofits at one time,” said Medic spokeswoman Christi Fightmaster.

“Donors can decline their T-shirt, and Medic will donate the monetary value of that shirt to Second Harvest.”     

The Oliver Springs blood drive will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

This event comes at a time when donations are at their lowest for both organizations.

“We are so grateful to Medic and its staff for this great collaboration,” said Elaine Streno of Second Harvest Food Bank.

“This is such a novel idea and will truly help two organizations that need support all year long.”

Donors may also contribute to the cause at Medic’s donor centers at 1601 Ailor Ave., downtown Knoxville; or 11000 Kingston Pike, Farragut.

Medic Regional Blood Center has eight daily blood donation sites — two fixed and six mobile. All mobile donation locations can be found at www.medicblood.org.  

Donors must be 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. With parental consent, 16-year-olds weighing 120 pounds or more may donate blood. Consent forms can be found at any blood drive or online at www.medicblood.org.

All donors must present identification.

Donors will receive a year's membership toward Medic's Family Blood Coverage Program, which exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood-collection and blood-processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed.

Donors will also receive a free cholesterol evaluation; no fasting is required.