Brentwood first responders host holiday blood drive Dec. 20

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The city's police and fire departments will host a blood drive Dec. 20 at the library. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city's police and fire departments will host a blood drive Dec. 20 at the library. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Brentwood Police Department and the Brentwood Fire Department are partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive to meet medical demands during the Christmas season.

While the departments participated in Battle of the Badges—a national competition for first responders—earlier this year, the competition is making a comeback to help increase blood supplies during the holiday season. The drive will be held at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library at 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood, from 11 a.m-5 p.m.

“Due to the emergency need of blood over the holidays, the American Red Cross asked us to step up and help again,” police Assistant Chief Tommy Walsh said in a news release. “We hope the community will come out and support those in need this Friday.”

According to a release form the city, the need for blood donations is higher during the season due to less donations made as a result of busy schedules and inclement weather.

Those interested in donating can walk in or make an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 800-733-2767. Residents can also reach out locally to Sara Smyly at or Assistant Fire Chief David Windrow at

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Take a look at some of the Red Cross' donation requirements here.
By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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