Leave a lasting impact
Give back to the local community and share the joy of song at the same time!
The Barbershop Harmony Society believes that the power of song, combined with meeting local community needs, can leave a lasting impact. During the 2019 Midwinter Convention, we'll be sending performers across Middle Tennessee to spread the joy of singing at locations like Second Harvest Food Bank and the Nashville Farmer's Market.
Donate Blood and Help Save Lives
Red Cross Blood Drive | Gaylord Opryland Resort
Saturday, January 26 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Governor's Ballroom D
We are proudly partnering with the American Red Cross of Nashville to host a blood drive during our Midwinter Convention. The Red Cross has over 130 years of experience providing humanitarian aid - including more than 70 years of supplying blood to those in need.
A typical donation takes less than one hour, and each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives! We can all be part of something important when we work with the Red Cross to strengthen the blood supply and give back to our community.
If you can't give, you can still make an impact by volunteering to support the drives and encouraging others to give using your social media channels and network.
Two Ways to Donate
Two types of donations will be accepted during the BHS Drive: Whole Blood and Power Red
Whole Blood Donation
"Whole blood" is simply the blood that flows through your veins. It contains red cells, white cells, and platelets, suspended in plasma.
Whole blood is the most flexible type of donation. It can be transfused in its original form, or used to help multiple people when separated into its specific components of red cells, plasma and platelets. Every day, whole blood donations help save the lives of children and adults fighting to survive cancer, blood disorders, traumatic injuries and more.
General requirements for Whole Blood Donations include:
- You may make a Whole Blood donation once every 56 days
- You must be in good health and feeling well
- You must weigh at least 110 lbs.
- You must be at least 17 years old in most states (note: in states where 16 year olds are eligible to donate, the Red Cross requires a signed parental consent form)
Learn More About Eligibility Requirements
- In most states, you must be 17 or older to donate whole blood. In states where 16 year olds are eligible to donate, we require a signed parental consent form.
- You must weigh at least 110 lbs.* and be in good health — that means you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes and you want to donate blood, it’s important that you are being treated and the condition is under control. If you’re not feeling well on the day of your donation, please contact us to reschedule.
Additional eligibility criteria apply, including certain medications, medical conditions, travel to certain countries, and personal history. You can browse the most common reasons people may not be able to give blood, or view our complete eligibility requirements.
Power Red Donation
You may already know about the ongoing need for blood and the importance of your blood donations. Whole blood donations contain red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component and are needed by almost every type of patient requiring transfusion. If you meet certain criteria, Power Red allows you to safely donate two units of red cells during one appointment as an automated donation process. It is as safe as whole blood donation.
How does this differ from Whole Blood donations?
During your Power Red, blood is drawn from one arm through an automated process. The machine separates and collects two units of red cells and then safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to you through the same arm.
Save time and make your blood donation go further:
- If you are extremely busy, committed to donating blood and an eligible type O, A negative or B negative donor, Power Red may be ideal for you. Each procedure lets you give more of the product that is needed most by patients. Power Red (double red cell donation) takes approximately 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and you can donate approximately every four months.
- With all of your platelets and plasma returned to you along with some saline, you don’t lose the liquid portion of your blood and may feel more hydrated after your donation.
Learn More About Eligibility Requirements
In addition to meeting other whole blood donor qualifications, you must also meet specific criteria for donating Power Red, especially for hemoglobin, weight and height. The thresholds for each vary by gender.
- Power Red is for type O, A negative or B negative donors
- Donation Frequency: Every 112 days, up to 3 times/year*; 2 times/year for male donors under age 18
- You must be in good health and feeling well**
- Male donors+ must be at least 17 years old in most states, at least 5'1" tall and weigh at least 130 lbs.
Female donors+ must be at least 19 years old, at least 5'5" tall and weigh at least 150 lbs.
Not sure if you're eligible to donate? Call the Red Cross eligibility hotline: 1-866-236-3276 or view the full eligibility criteria online.
The Donation Process, Common Concerns, and FAQs
Read more about the blood donation process.
Learn more about common concerns, such as fear of needles and safety concerns.
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Red Cross website.