JONESBORO, Ark. (Jan 29, 2019) - The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.

In January, more the 4,600 Red Cross blood and platelet donations went uncollected as blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe winter weather blanketing parts of the U.S., and additional cancellations are expected this week. Weather travel advisories may cause even more donors to delay their planned donations. Donors in areas affected by winter weather are asked to make an appointment now to give once it is safe to travel.

Right now, Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and there is less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand. The Red Cross strives to maintain a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

Area blood drives, through 2/28/19:

Greene County

Paragould

  • 2/14/19:  11am-5:30pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 West Kingshighway
  • 2/22/19:  2-6pm, Walmart, 2802 West Kingshighway

Craighead County

Jonesboro 

  • 2/15/19:  9am-2pm, Gairhan Dental Care, 460 Southwest Drive
  • 2/18/19:  8am-12pm, Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James Street
  • 2/25/19:  1-6pm, St Bernards, 225 East Jackson
  • Visit RedCross.org to set up an appointment at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center or to see their operating hours for walk-ins.


State University

  • 2/19/19:  12-6pm, Arkansas State University, 2105 Aggie Road
  • 2/20/19:  12-6pm, Arkansas State University, 2105 Aggie Road


Bay

  • 2/26/19:  10am-2pm, Bay High School, 700 School Street

Clay County

Piggott

  • 2/18/19:  2-6pm, First United Methodist Church, 188 North 3rd Avenue


Corning

  • 2/27/19:  9am-2pm, Corning High School, 500 Bobcat Lane

 

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

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 organzation that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the Amerian public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org.

 

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