Annual Lotz House blood drive commemorates Battle of Franklin


Annual Lotz House blood drive commemorates Battle of Franklin

The American Red Cross and Lotz House are teaming up to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Franklin by hosting a blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lotz House Civil War Museum.

The Battle of Franklin celebrates an important battle in the American Civil War in which 10,000 American soldiers were killed, injured or wounded near the yard of the Lotz family home on Nov. 30, 1864. Now a civil war museum, Lotz House was an important fixture in the Battle of Franklin, becoming a field hospital for those wounded in the battle.

“The Battle of Franklin was a pivotal moment in the Civil War, and it seems fitting that we should honor the lives lost by saving others in remembrance,” said J.T. Thompson, Lotz House executive director. “After the supportive response we got from the community for the last three years, we’re honored to host the blood drive again for a fourth year.”

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give something that means something by donating blood in honor of those wounded and who lost their lives in the Battle of Franklin.

To encourage donations around the Thanksgiving holiday, all presenting donors will receive free admission to Lotz House as well as a Red Cross celebrity chef electronic recipe card set, while supplies last.

Over the past three years, the annual Lotz House Blood Drive has collected more than 110 pints of lifesaving blood for patients in need. The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 blood donations every day to help patients, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions.

Donors of all blood types are needed and encouraged to give in honor of the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Franklin.

The Lotz House Civil War Museum is located at 1111 Columbia Ave., in Franklin.

How to donate blood

Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800 RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: Lotz19. Walk-ins are welcome.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive.

To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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