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Blood Assurance, the organization that recently concluded its Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in Spring Hill, plans to hold a grand opening for its new donor center.
Blood Assurance, the organization that recently concluded its Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in Spring Hill, plans to hold a grand opening for its new donor center in Columbia.
The event is slated for 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. Refreshments will be provided.
All blood donors will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt along with a variety of local gifts, according to a news release. The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. hosted by the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance and Blood Assurance staff, where guests may learn more about the Blood Assurance mission and tour the new facility.
“There is always a need for blood, and we are pleased to offer a convenient location to the Columbia community to help meet that need,” said Charlie Callari, vice president of marketing and donor recruitment for Blood Assurance, Inc. “With our grand opening celebration, we want to establish the new Columbia location as a place where the community can help save lives. Every blood donation saves three lives, and it takes 540 donations a day in order to meet the need of area hospitals.”
In total, 84 donors participated in Blood Assurance’s Battle of the Badges, which pitted the Spring Hill police and fire departments against each other in a competition to see who could gather the most donors. A total of 76 pints of blood were collected, according to Jennifer Schultz, donor recruiter for Blood Assurance. She added that this figure translates into 228 saved lives.
“We’re thrilled to have our new donor center open to the community and are so thankful for the support that we have already received from so many donors across the Columbia community,” said Jennifer Schultz, donor recruiter for Blood Assurance.
Blood assurance is a nonprofit that partners with local hospitals in several states to provide a safe and steady supply of blood donations. The organization is currently serving 51 counties and more than 75 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia.
The Columbia Blood Assurance Center is located in Neely’s Mill at 1412 Trotwood Ave, Suite 69. The donor center is currently open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. For questions about the grand opening event, please call 931-797-0263.