Dollywood Tickets for Blood Donors at MEDIC Regional Blood Center

MEDIC Regional Blood Center, in collaboration with Dollywood, is offering free Dollywood tickets to blood donors from July 15th to 19th. The initiative aims to celebrate and reward everyday heroes who make a successful blood donation during this period.

Who: MEDIC Regional Blood Center and Dollywood
What: Dollywood Tickets for Blood Donors
When: July 15 – 19, Appointment Only
Where: Donor Centers and Mobile Drives

Why: With blood supplies running low this summer, Dollywood is joining MEDIC to encourage donations. Successful donors will receive Dollywood tickets, while deferred donors will get a coupon for Bruster’s ice cream.

Important Details:

  • Appointments are mandatory due to high demand, and walk-in donors will not be accommodated next week.
  • Donors should expect some wait times despite having appointments.
  • Appointments can be made online at, via the MEDIC app, or by calling 865-521-2656.
  • No additional incentives will be provided to donors next week.

MEDIC serves as the primary blood product provider for 25 hospitals across 23 counties, including Blount Memorial, Covenant Health System, East TN Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare, and UT Medical Center. The blood, platelets, and plasma products currently in stock are critical for trauma events, and it takes at least three days for donated blood to be processed and ready for use.

As an independent, nonprofit organization, MEDIC ensures that all donated products stay within East Tennessee and Southeastern Kentucky, directly benefiting local communities. In contrast, donations made through other organizations are often distributed nationally.

MEDIC urges the community to support this vital cause, emphasizing that their contributions can save lives in their own neighborhoods.

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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