JONESBORO, Ark. (Dec 2, 2019) - Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift this holiday season by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets and help the American Red Cross ensure a sufficient supply is available for patients throughout the holiday season. Those with type O blood are especially needed.

During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.


In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets now through Dec 18 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details available at

Area blood drives, through 12/31/19:

Greene County
  • 12/5/19:  10am-4pm, Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Rd
  • 12/12/19:  11am-5:30pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 W Kingshighway
  • 12/23/19:  2pm-6pm, Walmart, 2802 W Kingshighway
  • 12/24/19:  8am-11:30am, Gazaway Lumber Company, 2620 W Kingshighway

Craighead County


  • 12/11/19:  10am-2pm, Centennial Bank, 2901 E Highland
  • 12/20/19:  1pm-6pm, The Mall at Turtle Creek, 300 E Highland
  • 12/23/19:  7am-11am, St Bernards Medical Center, 225 E Jackson
  • 12/26/19:  12pm-4pm, First Community Bank, 630 Southwest Dr
  • Visit to set up an appointment at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center or to see their operating hours for walk-ins.

Lawrence County
  • 12/27/19:  2pm-6pm, Imboden and Ravenden Community Blood Drive, 102 W 4th
Walnut Ridge
  • 12/26/19:  1pm-5pm, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 1309 W Main

 Jackson County
  • 12/9/19:  9am-2:30pm, Newport High School, 406 Wilkerson St
  • 12/31/19:  9am-1pm, Merchants and Planters Bank, 915 Hwy 367 N

  • 12/10/19:  9am-2:30pm, Tuckerman High School, 300 N Dowell

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.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at 

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