Life’s a gift! Give more of it at Nashville Predators Holiday Blood Drive

The American Red Cross and the Nashville Predators are teaming up to encourage eligible donors to give more life this holiday season: a lifesaving blood donation. A seasonal decline in blood donations often occurs with the winter holidays when donors get busy with festivities. However, patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood.

The American Red Cross and the Nashville Predators are teaming up to help patients this holiday by hosting a blood drive before the season matchup between the Preds and the New York Rangers. The 9th annual Nashville Predators Holiday Blood Drive will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, from 3-7 pm at Bridgestone Arena in the Meeting Room, 501 Broadway in Nashville.

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. As a special thank you for taking time to donate, all presenting donors who pre-schedule an appointment will receive a free Red Cross Holiday T-shirt and a $10 voucher toward the purchase of a Predators home game ticket or a Predators Pro Shop purchase, while supplies last.

“We are thankful to be able to partner with the Red Cross for our 9th blood drive in an effort to continue educating the Smashville fans and community on the importance and impact of blood donation,” Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said. “The Nashville Predators Foundation strives to connect fans to causes that we care deeply about and we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue our efforts with the Red Cross.”

Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life. In about an hour, a blood donor can help accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and transplant recipients, and those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease.

“Blood donations often decline during the holidays when regular donors are battling seasonal illnesses or busy with holiday activities and travel, said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager for the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “This time of year, it’s important to remember that medical conditions and emergencies requiring blood don’t stop for the holidays. We’re excited to have the support of the Preds and the Smashville community in ensuring patients won’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter.”

Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to keep the blood supply strong throughout winter.

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit the official website RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: PREDS19 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.