JONESBORO, Ark. (March 16, 2023) - Spring is near! As the seasons change, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood doesn't take a break. Blood products remain at risk of running low this month. Donors are crucial to helping the Red Cross avoid a blood shortage in the weeks to come.

Donors of all types, especially type O donors, are encouraged to make and keep appointments to donate. Book a time to give by visiting, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

When donors lend an arm this month, the Red Cross will lend a hand. All who come to give blood March 1-31, 2023, will receive a $10 Visa Prepaid Card by email. Plus, they'll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card - which could help toward expenses like gas or groceries. There will be five lucky winners. Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through March 31:


Greene County
  • 3/21/2023: 12:30pm-4:30pm, Brown's Chapel Baptist Church, 3800 S Rockingchair Road

Craighead County

Lake City

  • 3/16/2023: 9am-2pm, Riverside High School, 2007 Hwy 18

Clay County
  • 3/20/2023: 12:30pm-5:30pm, First United Methodist Church, 188 North 3rd Avenue

Lawrence County
  • 3/29/2023: 11:30am-3:30pm, Hillcrest High School, 146 S Main

Randolph County
  • 3/30/2023: 12pm-4pm, Maynard High School, Hwy 115 North

Mississippi County
  • 3/30/2023: 10am-2pm, Blytheville High School, 600 North 10th Street
  • 3/17/2023: 12pm-3pm, Rivercrest High School JROTC, 1700 West State Hwy 14

Sharp County
  • 3/28/2023: 1pm-5pm, Hardy Civic Center, 301 East Main Street

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good healthy 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

Amplify your impact - volunteer!
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, contact Maggie Raynolds at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 816-826-8392, or visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.