JONESBORO, Ar. (Sept 26, 2023) - The American Red Cross continues to experience a national blood shortage and asks the public to book a time to give as soon as possible. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets. The Red Cross offers three ways to make a donation appointment that can help save lives.

  • Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App
  • Visit
  • Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1800-733-2767)

The Red Cross experienced a significant blood and platelet donation shortfall in August, contributing to the current blood shortage. To ensure the blood supply recovers, the Red Cross must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month to meet hospital and patient needs.

As a thank-you, those who come to give Oct. 1-20, 2023, will receive a $15 Gift Card by email. Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through October 20:

Clay County
  • 10/3/2023: 9am-1pm, Piggott High School, 533 East Main Street

Craighead County
  • 9/26/2023: 10am-2pm, Earl Bell Community Center, 1212 S Church
  • 9/27/2023: 11am-3pm, American Red Cross Jonesboro, 2416 South Madison Street
  • 10/2/2023: 11am-3:30pm, Best Manufacturing Inc., 4929 Krueger Drive
  • 10/2/2023: 1pm-5pm, Valley View Church of Christ, 4500 Southwest Drive
  • 10/5/2023: 12pm-4pm, LTC Frederick C. Turner, Jr. Military Science Building, 1921 Aggie Road
  • 10/7/2023: 9am-3pm, Elks Lodge, 2113 West Washington
  • 10/13/2023: 9am-2pm, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, 4800 East Johnson
  • 10/20/2023: 12pm-5pm, Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James Street

Cross County
  • 10/5/2023: 1pm-6pm, Church of Christ, 916 Bridges

Greene County
  • 9/28/2023: 10am-4pm, Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Road

Mississippi County
  • 10/20/2023: 9am-2pm, Armorel High School, 7 South Main Street
  • 10/6/2023: 10am-2pm, Blytheville High School, 600 North 10th Street
  • 10/19/2023: 10am-3pm, Great River Medical Center, 1520 North Division Street

Poinsett County
  • 9/27/2023: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Harrisburg Community Center, 203 West South

Randolph County
  • 10/5/2023: 10am-2pm, Maynard High School, 74 Campus Dr
  • 9/20/2023: 10am-2pm, Black River Technical College, 1410 Highway 304 East

Sharp County
Cave City
  • 10/3/2023: 9am-2pm, Cave City High School, 711 North Main
  • 10/17/2023: 12pm-4pm, A.L. Hutson Memorial Center, 1765 Highway 62/412

How to donate blood
To make an appointment, 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. 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 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 or use the Blood Donor App.

Amplify your impact - volunteer
A stable blood and platelet supply is critical to national preparedness. Additionally, as we are in the beginning of what is expected to be another active hurricane season, the Red Cross urges everyone to get ready now and consider becoming a volunteer to help people affected by the growing number of climate-driven disasters.

Support impacted communities by assisting at Red Cross shelters, using your professional skills as a licensed health care provider or becoming a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. To learn more, 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.