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Give blood, help others, go to the fair for free

MEDIC and the Tennessee Valley Fair have teamed up to reward volunteer blood donors with admissions tickets to this year’s event.

Each donor will receive a ticket and MEDIC T-shirt. Appointments are always encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. MEDIC staff do anticipate a wait for donors during the promotion week.

Appointments can be made online at or by calling 865-524-3074 or via the MEDIC Regional Blood Center app in the Apple and Google Play stores.

As a reminder, the blood, platelets, and plasma products on the shelves now are what would be used in a trauma event, and it takes at least three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for distribution.

Demand remains high while donations have been low this summer.