JONESBORO, Ark. (Nov 26, 2018) - The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit


Area blood drives through 12/19/18:


Greene County


  • 12/6/18:  11am-4pm, Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Road
  • 12/13/18:  11am-5:30pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 West Kingshighway

Craighead County


  • 12/11/18:  10am-2pm, Continental Utility Solutions Inc - CUSI, 300 Church Street #200
  • Visit to set up an appointment at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center or to see their operating hours for walk-ins


Clay County


  • 12/12/18:  9am-2pm, Corning High School, 500 Bobcat Lane
  • 12/17/18:  2pm-6pm, Corning Community Center, 536 Elm Street


  • 12/19/18:  1pm-5pm, Piggott Courthouse, 151 South 2nd Avenue

Randolph County


  • 12/9/18:  9am-2pm, St Paul Catholic School, 311 Cedar Street
  • 12/11/18:  1pm-5pm, Five Rivers Medical Center, 2801 Medical Center Drive

Sharp County

Cave City

  • 12/6/18:  9am-2pm, Cave City High School, 711 North Main
  • 12/18/18:  1pm-5pm, Cave City Nursing Home, 442 Taylor Circle

Cherokee Village

  • 12/18/18: 1pm-6pm, Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, 21 Otter Drive

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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