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The cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia have declared today “Blood Assurance Day,” which coincides with World Blood Donor Day – a globally recognized day to encourage blood donations and raise awareness for the constant need for blood donors, a written statement from Blood Assurance says.

The nonprofit regional blood center asks 600 community members to make a blood donation today to help replenish the blood supply used by local hospitals so far this summer.

If the organization receives 600 blood donations, one person will receive two tickets to the inaugural Battle at Bristol.

“Blood Assurance is grateful to the city of Bristol for recognizing not only our organization, but those in the community who selflessly donate blood and help save the lives of many across the region,” said Mindy Quinn, marketing manager for Blood Assurance, in the statement. “In celebration of Blood Assurance Day, we hope that everyone in the community will take just 30 minutes out of their day to make a lasting impact on someone’s life.”

Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent; weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors should drink plenty of decaffeinated fluids and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.

For more information on Blood Assurance, donating blood or hosting a blood drive, visit or call 1-800-962-0628.