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MEDIC desperate for blood donations, kicks off annual Orange and Blue competition

The winner of the competition gets ownership of a trophy, which hasn’t returned to Knoxville in two years.
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 10:29 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 8:45 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - MEDIC Regional Blood Center kicked off its 34th annual Orange and Blue competition Monday. Communications Director Kristy Altman told WVLT News that the center has a less than two-day supply, which could impose a threat to a possible mass trauma incident. The center is in critical need for O positive and negative blood types.

MEDIC holds the competition with the Kentucky Blood Center to see who can get more donations.

The winner of the competition gets ownership of a trophy, which hasn’t returned to Knoxville in two years, MEDIC representatives said.

“Either way, everyone is a winner at the end of the week, because both centers desperately need these blood products,” said Altman. “It’s fun to celebrate the football season and at the end of the day, we’re going to have product that’s going to save lives.”

Donors like George Clark received a special edition t-shirt, $10 e-gift card, Petro’s coupon, Salsarita’s coupon, Texas Roadhouse coupon, Dunkin coupon, Papa John’s coupon, and a ticket to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Fantasy of Trees.

“I started last blood drive. Why not give a pint of blood and save someone’s life,” said Clark. “These guys know how to take care of you. They make you very comfortable. Then, you get all the coke and coffee you want.”

34th Orange and Blue competition
34th Orange and Blue competition(MEDIC)

Those interested in donating are encouraged to set up an appointment here to help with lines.

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