JONESBORO, Ark. (Aug 13, 2019) - With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren't keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.



Area blood drives, through 8/31/19:
 

Greene County
Paragould

  • 8/16/19:  2pm-6pm, Walmart, 2802 W Kingshighway

Craighead County

Jonesboro

  • 8/22/19:  9am-3pm, Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James St
  • 8/27/19:  1pm-6pm, St Bernards Medical Center, 225 E Jackson
  • Visit RedCross.org to set up an appointment at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center or to see their operating hours for walk-ins.
Bono
  • 8/19/19:  1pm-5pm, Herman Missionary Baptist Church, 21 County Road 111

Clay County
Corning
  • 8/14/19:  12pm-4pm, First National Bank, 612 N Missouri

Lawrence County
Imboden
  • 8/13/19:  10am-2pm, Imboden and Ravenden Community Blood Drive, 102 W 4th St
  • 8/30/19:  12pm-4pm, Sloan Hendrix High School, #1 Greyhound Circle

Randolph County
Pocahontas
  • 8/20/19:  12pm-4pm, Black River Technical College, 1410 Hwy 304 East
  • 8/21/19:  12pm-4pm, Black River Technical College, 1410 Hwy 304 East

Ravenden Springs
  • 8/23/19:  5pm-8:30pm, Mennonite Community School, 2975 Hwy 231 West

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 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.

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