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Roll up Your Sleeve: Red Cross Needs Blood Now

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Every day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations, as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.

The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Arkansas County
July 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riceland Foods, 2120 S. Park Ave. in Stuttgart

Clark County
July 15 from 1-6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 107 N. Ninth in Arkadelphia

Cleburne County
July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White River Health Systems, 60 Greers Ferry Road in Drasco.

Faulkner County
July 11 from 3-7 p.m. at Greenbrier Event Center, 5 Lois Lane in Greenbrier
July 12 from 5-9 p.m. at Greenbrier Church of the Nazarene, 64 N. Broadview in Greenbrier
July 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hurley Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 813 Oak St. in Conway
July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Army National Guard, 300 Exchange in Conway
July 15 from 3-7 p.m. at Walgreens, 850 Oak St. in Conway
July 15 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Price Cutter, 380 Harkrider St. in Conway
July 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of Central Arkansas Student Center, 201 S. Donaghey in Conway
July 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Nabholz Construction Co., 612 Garland St. in Conway
July 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of Central Arkansas Student Center, 201 S. Donaghey in Conway
July 18 from 4-8 p.m. at Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center, 700 Salem Road in Conway
July 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Prince St. in Conway
July 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St. in Conway
July 22 from 3-7 p.m. at Walgreens, 850 Oak St. in Conway
July 22 from 12-4 p.m. at Salem Place Nursing & Rehab Center, 2401 Christina Lane in Conway.
July 23 from 4-8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2045 Dave Ward Drive in Conway
July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at International Paper, 730 Enterprise Ave. in Conway

Jefferson County
July 15 from 1-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1610 W. 42nd St. in Pine Bluff

Lonoke County
July 16 from 2-6 p.m. at England Fitness Center, 107 Valleyview Drive in England
July 19 from 1-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 204 N. Third in Cabot

Pope County
July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pope County Courthouse, 100 W. Main in Russellville
July 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville.
July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville
July 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1003 W. Main in Russellville

Pulaski County
July 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arkansas Disability Association, 701 Pulaski in Little Rock
July 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arkansas Heart Hospital, 1701 S. Shackleford Road in Little Rock
July 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock
July 11 from 2-7 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6110 TP White Drive in Jacksonville
July 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham in Little Rock
July 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock
July 11 from 12-4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Argenta, 201 W. Fourth St. in North Little Rock
July 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham in Little Rock
July 12 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock
July 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Statehouse Convention Center, 1 Statehouse Plaza in Little Rock
July 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wyndham Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place in North Little Rock
July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 16 from 1-5 p.m. at Clarion Hotel Medical Center, 925 S. University Ave. in Little Rock
July 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock
July 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freeway Medical Building, 5800 W. 10th St. in Little Rock
July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock.
July 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at USAble Life, 320 W. Capitol in Little Rock
July 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Butler Furniture Depot Inc., 4320 S. University Ave. in Little Rock
July 19 from 2-6 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 2000 John Harden Drive in Jacksonville
July 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock.
July 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Butler Furniture Depot Inc., 4200 Landers Road in North Little Rock
July 19 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock
July 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Martindale Baptist Church, 18900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock
July 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Oley E. Rooker Library, 11 Otter Creek Court in Little Rock
July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock
July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock

Saline County
July 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Department of Human Services, 1603 Edison in Benton
July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mabel Boswell Memorial Library, 201 Prickett Road in Bryant

Van Buren County
July 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 1956 Highway 65 South in Clinton
July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 1956 Highway 65 South in Clinton

White County
July 12 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy
July 16 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy
July 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at BHP Billiton, 1686 Letona Road in Searcy
July 19 from 12-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy
July 21 from 12-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 611 Van Buren St. in Judsonia
July 23 from 1-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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.
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