Medic Regional Blood Center is proud to partner with Texas Roadhouse by offering all donors a coupon for a free appetizer.
"Donations have been slow and we're hoping that a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse will help encourage donors to take a few minutes to give the gift of life," said Medic spokesperson Christi Fightmaster.
Summer months are difficult for community blood centers across the U.S. and Medic is no exception, Fightmaster said.
With the school year starting and summer winding down, Medic hopes donations will increase, she added.
Medic will be conducting five community drives in the Greeneville area this week:
* Today, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Tusculum College, 60 Shiloh Road, inside Niswonger Commons;
* Tuesday, from 6 to 11 a.m. at Barrette Outdoor Living, 700 North Main;
Tuesday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Yoder's Country Market, 15275 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy., Bulls Gap;
* Wednesday, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Wellingston Place of Greeneville, 155 Serral Drive, and
* Wednesday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Greeneville Astros game at Pioneer Park. Donors at this drive will receive free admission to the baseball game.
All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification.
Sixteen-year-olds weighing 120 pounds or more can donate, but they must have parental consent.
Those forms can be found on Medic's website at http://www.medicblood.org.
Medic is the sole supplier of blood to both Takoma and Laughlin hospitals in Greeneville.