Blood drive is Friday, Feb. 9

The Catoosa County Fire Department is partnering with Blood Assurance to hold a blood drive on Friday, Feb. 9, at Fire Station 1 in Ringgold. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

The Catoosa County Fire Department is partnering with Blood Assurance to hold a blood drive in Ringgold on Friday, Feb. 9.

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Catoosa County Fire Station 1 at 5282 Evitt Street in Ringgold, directly behind the historic Ringgold Depot.

The drive is being organized to help with the blood supply needs in the area. Those wanting to donate can sign up in advance by calling Fire Station 1 at 706-935-2001, or by registering online at bloodassurance.org.

Donors are required to bring a photo ID, and are encouraged to eat a good meal, drink plenty of water, and avoid energy drinks before giving their blood.

Those who donate will be given snacks, a "Donor Strong" shirt, and will be entered into a drawing for monthly prizes.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.