MEDIC Has a Critical Need for O-Negative, O-Positive, and B-Positive

MEDIC Regional Blood Center says that it has an immediate, critical need for blood types O Negative, O Positive, and B Positive.

Amid that continuing need, MEDIC is expanding its Independence Day celebration to a full week, starting on Friday, July 2nd and continuing until July 9th. Holidays bring increased blood product usage, and this promotion is an effort
to bring in new donors as well as to thank all donors for spending a few minutes giving blood this summer.

This critical need for blood is part of an ongoing, national crisis, according to MEDIC. You can donate at any of the four MEDIC Donor Centers around East Tennessee, or at community blood drives. Location Hours, directions, and a list of those mobile blood drives can be found at

MEDIC reminds potential donors that it is the primary blood product provider for 24 hospitals in 22 counties including UT Medical Center, Covenant Health System hospitals, Tennova hospitals, Blount Memorial, and East TN Children’s Hospital.

All donors will receive a special edition tie-dye t-shirt, a Texas Roadhouse coupon, and a $10 e-gift card redeemable at hundreds of major brand retailers, as well as automatic entry to win a Kayak, and automatic entry in the July $1000 E-Gift Card (redeemable at over 100 organizations) drawing as part of the Save Our Summer initiative.

While walk-in donors are welcome, appointments are preferred, and you can make one online at, or by calling 865-524-3074.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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