JONESBORO, Ark. (June 22, 2022) - As summer officially begins and people gather for holiday celebrations, the American Red Cross reminds communities that patients are counting now on the generosity of blood donors, especially around the Fourth of July.

The Red Cross sees about a 21% decline in blood donations during holiday weeks, including Independence Day. When blood donations drop, so does blood supply, making it extremely challenging to ensure blood is available when hospitals need it.

By scheduling and keeping appointments in July, donors can help provide for those in immediate need of lifesaving care. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you for helping, all those who come to give June 30-July 10 will receive an exclusive Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag, while supplies last.


Area blood drives, through 7/15/2022:
 

 

Greene County
Paragould
  • 6/24/2022: 10am-4pm, First National Bank, 200 West Court Street
  • 7/7/2022: 12pm-5pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 West Kingshighway
Marmaduke
  • 7/1/2022: 12:30pm-4:30pm, Marmaduke Community Center, 307 West Mill Street

Craighead County

Jonesboro

  • 6/30/2022: 8am-5pm, St Bernards Medical Center, 225 East Washington
  • 7/7/2022: 9am-2pm, Westside High School - ROTC Building, 1630 Highway 91 North
  • 7/13/2022: 12pm-5pm, St Bernards Medical Center, 225 East Washington
  • 7/15/2022: 9am-2pm, Arkansas Elite Realty, 2532 Alexander Drive Suite B

Clay County
Rector

  • 7/11/2022: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Rector Community Center, 740 East 9th Street

Cross County
Wynne
  • 7/15/2022: 11am-3pm, Wynne High Schoo, 800 East Jackson

Poinsett County
Harrisburg
  • 7/12/2022: 10am-2pm, Poinsett County Sheriff's Office 1500 Justice Drive

Randolph County
Pocahontas
  • 7/12/2022: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Church of God of Prophecy, 3128 State Highway 115 N

Mississippi County
Osceola
  • 6/27/2022: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Chamber of Commerce, 116 North Maple Street

Sharp County
Cherokee Village
  • 6/28/2022: 12:30pm-5:30pm, Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, 21 Otter Drive
Hardy
  • 7/12/2022: 1pm-5pm, Hardy Civic Center, 301 East Main Street

Health insights for donors
At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive antibody testing results and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance whenever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, 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 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.

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 RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App

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 RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.