JONESBORO, Ark. (Jan 20, 2020) - The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock shelves.
Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to RH-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn't time to determine a patient's blood type.
Donors of all blood types - especially types O positive and O negative - are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Area blood drives, through 2/15/2020:
Greene County Paragould
1/28/2020: 7:30am-1:30pm, Arkansas Highway Dept, 2510 W Kingshighway
1/30/2020: 11am-3pm, Green House Cottages of Belle Meade, 2200 Chateau Blvd
2/3/2020: 3pm-7pm, First United Methodist Church, 404 W Main
2/6/2020: 10am-4pm, Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Rd
2/6/2020: 3pm-7pm, Paragould Primary School, 1600 Country Club Rd
2/14/2020: 11am-5:30pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 W Kingshighway
1/27/2020: 12:30pm-4:30pm, First Baptist Church, 304 N 1st St
Visit RedCross.org to set up an appointment at the Jonesboro Blood Donation Center or to see their operating hours for walk-ins.
2/10/2020: 9am-1pm, Bay High School, 700 School St
Clay County Piggott
1/29/2020: 11am-3pm, Department of Human Services, 187 N 2nd Ave
2/12/2020: 9am-2:30pm, Piggott High School, 533 E Main St
Lawrence County Walnut Ridge
1/24/2020: 1pm-5pm, Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab, 1500 W Main
2/5/2020: 9am-2:30pm, Hoxie High School, 305 SW Alice St
Mississippi County Osceola
1/27/2020: 12:30pm-5:30pm, Chamber of Commerce, 116 N Maple St
2/12/2020: 12pm-4pm, Great River Medical Center, 1520 N Division St
2/3/2020: 8:30am-1:30pm, Bilco, 536 Hwy 463 S
Jackson County Newport
1/28/2020: 12pm-4pm, Arkansas State University, 7648 Victory Blvd
How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, 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 RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass 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 RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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