JONESBORO, Ark. (May 27, 2020) - The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30% after sharply declining in early April amid this rapidly changing and complex public health crisis. At the same time, blood drives continue to be canceled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed. Donors are needed to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet the current need.

All those who come in to give through May 31 will receive a special Red Cross T-shirt by mail, while supplies last. And thanks to Amazon, all those who come in to give June 1-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

It's important to remember that red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation and platelets within just five days. So, they must constantly be replenished. There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products and readily available for patients.

Blood drive safety precautions
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions - including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff - have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  



Area blood drives, through 6/19/2020:
 

 

Greene County
Paragould
  • 6/6/2020:  10am-4pm, Southside Community Church, 2211 Jones Rd
  • 6/19/2020:  11am-5:30pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 W Kingshighway

Craighead County

Jonesboro

  • 6/16/2020:  9am-3pm, St Bernards Medical Center, 225 E Washington
  • 6/17/2020:  9am-3pm, St Bernards Medical Center, 225 E Washington
  • Visit RedCross.org to set up an appointment at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center or to see their operating hours for walk-ins. 

Clay County
Corning
  • 6/9/2020:  12pm-4pm, First National Bank, 612 N Missouri

Piggott
  • 6/16/2020:  2pm-6pm, First Baptist Church, 480 W Main St

Randolph County
Pocahontas
  • 6/2/2020:  2pm-6pm, First Baptist Church, 511 W Church St

Mississippi County
Osceola
  • 6/8/2020:  12:30pm-5:30pm, Chamber of Commerce, 116 N Maple St
  • 6/17/2020:  10am-2pm, Denso, 100 Denso Rd
  • 6/18/2020:  3pm-7pm, Denso, 100 Denso Rd

Poinsett County
Weiner
  • 5/27/2020:  2pm-6pm, Weiner Christian Church, 321 W Second St

 
Blood donation process: 
 

A blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass. With RapidPass, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of the donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification that 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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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