Bloodanooga Returns to UT-Chattanooga

Get ready to level up and be a hero! The UT-Chattanooga community is invited to participate in the quest to help local hospital patients as the university and Blood Assurance host the semi-annual Bloodanooga blood drive. The theme for this event is Super Mario!

The two-day blood drive will take place April 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside the University Center Tennessee Room. It’s open to all university students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

“Each time we return to campus, we are filled with gratitude,” said Dr. Liz Culler, Chief Executive Officer for Blood Assurance. “The support and generous spirit embraced by the students and staff helps fuel our mission to save lives. Healthy students must answer the call to give blood, especially knowing their donation directly impacts people in Chattanooga.”

Since Bloodanooga was first held in 2011, nearly 8,000 units of blood have been collected. This event aims to see at least 150 donors each day!

Blood Assurance will award each blood donor a commemorative Super Mario Bloodanooga t-shirt on Monday and Tuesday. Donors will also be entered to win a Nintendo Switch. Free food and drinks will also be available!

You don’t need to make an appointment; walk in at your convenience. To be eligible to donate, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids and eat a hearty meal before donating.


About Blood Assurance
Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving more than 70 healthcare facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Founded in 1972 as a joint effort of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Chattanooga Area Hospital Council, and the Chattanooga Jaycees. Blood Assurance’s mission is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need.