Blood donors will have a chance to help two good causes at once when the Medic Regional Blood Center Bloodmobile visits Greeneville this month.
A news release from Medic says the organization was asked to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank this month to help the Food For Kids program.
Food For Kids provides children with a backpack filled with kid-friendly foods to take home after school or on the weekends.
For many of the children, the food provided by the program may be the only food they receive all weekend.
Medic blood donors can simply decline the t-shirt typically given following a blood donation. Instead, a monetary donation will be made by Medic to support the Food For Kids program.
"We are proud to partner with such a great area non-profit, and our donors really love the opportunity to help out two worthwhile causes with one action," explains Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokesperson.
Donors can take advantage of the program all month long.
Blood donors who opt to forego a free shirt in order to provide a donation to Food For Kids will still receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich.
Medic has two donor center locations -- 1601 Ailor Ave. and 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut.
Additional community drives are also scheduled for donor convenience.
Blood drives in Greeneville will be held:
* July 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 524 Tusculum Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
* July 10, at Food Country, 6766 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
* July 13, at Cash Express, 2055 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with all donors receiving a coupon for free Crazy Bread from Little Caesars and a goodie bag from Cash Express;
* July 16, at Laughlin Healthcare Center, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.;
* July 16, at Signature Health Care of Greeneville, 106 Holt Drive, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and
* July 18, at Comcare, 100 Pennsylvannia Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donors must be at least 17 years of age, and weigh 110 pounds or more (16-year-olds weighing 120 pounds or more may donate, but must have parental consent).
All donors, of any age, must have positive identification.