Blood donors needed after Chattanooga shooting

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) — Following Saturday night’s shooting in Chattanooga, in which at least six people were injured, according to Chattanooga Police Department, Blood Assurance is asking the public to donate blood to help support the nonprofit’s care.

The organization is asking donors to make appointments as soon as possible, especially for those with O-positive, O-negative, and A-positive blood.

“We are devastated to learn of the violence that occurred in Chattanooga Saturday night,” said Chief Operating Officer Christopher Swafford. “Anyone in the Volunteer State can rally around the victims by donating life-saving blood.”

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Blood Assurance spokesman Max Winitz said Blood Assurance generally seeks to increase blood donations after mass trauma events such as the Chattanooga shooting or natural disasters. When a tornado devastated the Bowling Green area in December, Blood Assurance saw a flood of donations from Bowling Green residents. The same thing happened with the Cookeville tornado in 2020.

Both cities have hospitals that are supplied with blood by Blood Assurance, he said.

Despite the holiday, blood centers in the Chattanooga area are open today. Your hours are:

  • Downtown (704 E 4th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403): 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Gunbarrel (1748 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 104, Chattanooga, TN 37421): 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • North River (1920 Northpoint Blvd. Suite 122, Hixson, TN 37343): 8:00am – 5:30pm

Other Middle Tennessee locations open today include Bellvue, Cool Springs, Columbia, Cookeville, Clarksville, Hermitage and Tullahoma.

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Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. 16-year-old donors can also donate with parental consent. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids – avoid caffeine – and eat an iron-rich meal before donating. To schedule an appointment, visit www.bloodassurance.org/schedule, call 800-962-0628 or SMS BAGIVE to 999777.

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