JONESBORO, Ar. (May 22, 2023) - The American Red Cross asks people to book a time to give blood now to address a recent drop in donation appointments that could lead to fewer transfusions for patients in the weeks ahead. Type O blood donors are especially needed to ensure a strong blood supply.

The start of summer can shake up normal routines, but it's important for donation appointments to stay on the calendar - especially as Memorial Day weekend approaches. More than 42 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday, meaning fewer donors may be available to give.

Appointments are critical this week for people waiting for lifesaving care. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1800-733-2767) to schedule a time to give now.

In thanks for making and keeping appointments, the Red Cross will help donors prepare for beach days and backyard fun as the season begins:

  • All who come to give through May 31 will receive an exclusive Red Cross beach towel, while supplies last.*
  • Donors in May will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game in Seattle, including two tickets to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game thanks to the support of Fanatics, round-trip airfare, four-night hotel accommodations, a $750 gift card and more.*
  • Those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of their choice. Plus, they'll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package including a projector and scree, projector tripod, smokeless firepit, Adirondack chair set and a movie night snack package.**

*Terms apply. See for details.
**Terms apply. See for details.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through June 15:


Clay County
  • 5/22/2023: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Rector Community Center, 740 East 9th Street

Craighead County
  • 5/30/2023: 11am-3pm, Families, Inc., 1815 Pleasant Grove Road
  • 5/31/2023: 11am-5:30pm, St Bernards Auditorium, 505 East Washington
  • 6/9/2023: 12pm-5pm, Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James Street
  • 6/15/2023: 12pm-5pm, Central Baptist Church, 3707 Harrisburg Road

Cross County
  • 6/15/2023: 1pm-6pm, Church of Christ, 916 Bridges

Greene County
  • 5/23/2023: 12:30pm-4:30pm, Browns Chapel Baptist Church, 3800 S Rockingchair Road
  • 6/2/2023: 10am-2pm, Community Center, 3404 Linwood Drive
  • 6/8/2023: 12pm-5pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 West Kingshighway
  • 6/15/2023: 12pm-5pm, Community Center, 3404 Linwood Drive

Jackson County
  • 5/25/2023: 11am-3pm, Merchants and Planters Bank, 915 Hwy 367 North

Lawrence County
  • 6/2/2023: 12pm-5pm, Hoxie New Life Cathedral, 809 SW Broad Street

Mississippi County
  • 6/9/2023: 9am-2pm, Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church, 809 East Main
  • 6/15/2023: 10am-2pm, Great River Medical Center, 1520 North Division Street

Poinsett County
  • 5/31/2023: 1pm-5pm, Harrisburg Community Center, 203 West South St

Randolph County
  • 6/8/2023: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Sutton Free Will Baptist Church, 5421 US-62

Sharp County
  • 5/30/2023: 1pm-5pm, Hardy Civic Center, 301 East Main Street
  • 6/12/2023: 1pm-5pm, A.L. Hutson Memorial Center, 509 North Jackson

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 healthy 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% 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.



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