JONESBORO, Ar. (April 8, 2024) - During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross asks donors to help protect the blood supply by making and keeping blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead. Donors of all blood types - especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets - are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care this spring.

The Red Cross depends on thousands of volunteer blood donors to collect about 12,000 blood donations every single day. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential in transfusion care. Blood drives and donation centers also depend on the generosity and valuable time of those who make it possible for the Red Cross to help people in need.

Spring into action - book a time to give lifesaving blood or platelets now by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor AppThose who come to give April 8-28, 2024, will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, plus be automatically entered to win a $7,000 gift card. There will be two lucky winners. See for details.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through April 30:

Clay County
  • 4/30/2024: 9am-2pm, Corning High School, 500 Bobcat Lane
  • 4/25/2024: 9am-1pm, Piggott High School, 533 East Main Street

Craighead County
  • 4/10/2024: 8:30am-2:30pm, Westside High School, 1630 Highway 91 North
  • 4/19/2024: 12pm-5pm, Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James Street
  • 4/25/2024: 8am-5pm, St. Bernards Medical Center, 225 East Washington
  • 4/30/2024: 11am-3pm, American Red Cross Jonesboro, 2416 South Madison Street
  • 4/24/2024: 9am-3pm, Buffalo Island Central High School, 803 Drew Avenue

Cross County
  • 4/18/2024: 1pm-6pm, Church of Christ, 916 Bridges

Greene County
  • 4/17/2024: 12pm-4pm, Unico Bank, 1908 Linwood Dr
  • 4/25/2024: 12pm-5pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 West Kingshighway
  • 4/29/2024: 1pm-5:30pm, Hillcrest Church of Christ, 7208 West Kingshighway

Jackson County
  • 4/25/2024: 10am-2pm, Merchants and Planters Bank, 915 Highway 367 North

Lawrence County
  • 4/19/2024: 12pm-4pm, Sloan Hendrix High School, #1 Greyhound Circle

Mississippi County
  • 4/10/2024: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Harrisburg Community Center, 203 West South
  • 4/23/2024: 1pm-5pm, Ruddle Road Church of God, 1400 Ruddle Road

Poinsett County
  • 4/17/2024: 9am-2pm, Trumann High School

Randolph County
  • 4/9/2024: 10am-2pm, Black River Technical College, 1410 Highway 304 East
  • 4/11/2024: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Sutton Free Will Baptist Church, 5421 US-62
  • 4/12/2024: 9am-2pm, Pocahontas High School, 2312 Stadium Boulevard
  • 4/26/2024: 7am-11am, Black River Technical College, 1410 Highway 304 East

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 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

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, visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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