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American Red Cross, Nashville Predators and 15 others to hold largest multi-city summer blood drive

According to the Red Cross, blood donations tend to decline in the summer, but with COVID-19, the need for blood has increased.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The largest multi-city summer blood drive is being hosted by the American Red Cross, Nashville Predators Foundation and 15 other organizations from August 4 to August 7 in Huntsville, Alabama; Bowling green, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The blood drive in Huntsville will take place on August 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jackson Center, located at 6001 Moquin Drive Northwest.

According to the Red Cross, blood donations tend to decline in the summer, but with COVID-19, the need for blood has increased.

"About 80% of Red Cross blood donations are made at blood drives hosted by businesses, schools and community organizations,” said Garry Allison, regional donor services executive, Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The Preds realize the impact COVID-19 has had on the ability of many of these groups to host blood drives and wanted to partner with them to provide convenient opportunities for people to give blood in their local community. We’re grateful for their partnership and support of our generous blood drive hosts, which enables us to fulfill our lifesaving mission of helping area hospital patients."

For a limited time, the Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies and will provide donors with insight into whether they have been exposed to the virus. Results will be available 7 to 10 days after the donation.

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