MEDIC celebrates National Volunteer Week by supporting efforts in Ukraine

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) — The MEDIC Regional Blood Transfusion Center is celebrating National Volunteer Week from April 17-24. Throughout the week, MEDIC will also donate $5 per donor who chooses to “skip the giveaway” that week.

Donors can choose to forgo the shirt and instead MEDIC will donate money to support efforts in Ukraine.

MEDIC Communications Director Kristy Altman spoke about how workers and volunteers feel about Ukrainians. She added that they know what it can feel like to have a low blood supply.

“I can tell you it’s just a sinking feeling in your stomach when you walk in and there’s nothing on the shelves,” Altman said.

On Tuesday evening, Altman said 55 donors opted out of receiving the shirt or gift, which amounts to $275 for Ukraine.

She said it is a true testament to the spirit of giving in the voluntary state.

“The people of East Tennessee have big hearts, so many people have asked how we can support,” she said. “We are grateful to have so many great partners across the country who have also had the same idea, so there is a great collective effort that we are going to be able to help them.”

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made online at or by calling 865-524-3074. Appointments allow our staff to reduce waiting times and control the flow of donors.

Also during National National Volunteer Week, MEDIC will automatically enter all donors into a draw for a $500 e-gift redeemable at hundreds of organizations. Donors must have a valid email address to win.

MEDIC is the primary supplier of blood products to 24 hospitals in 22 counties, including Blount Memorial, Covenant Health System, East TN Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and UT Medical Center.

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