Blood Drives in Northeast Arkansas
JONESBORO, Ark. (July 27, 2022) - Just as most cars need to be refueled constantly, so does the nation's blood supply. The American Red Cross has face a concerning drop in blood donations this summer. Donors are needed to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage.
The decline in donations has caused the Red Cross blood supply to shrink nearly 20% in recent weeks. The availability of blood products will continue to decline if donations do not increase. People should not wait to hear there is a blood shortage to give. Type O negative blood donors are especially needed now.
"This is a concerning trend that may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves," said Paul Sullivan, Red Cross senior vice president of donor services. "By choosing a time to give now, donors can help pump up the blood supply for those in immediate need of lifesaving care and those who rely on transfusions for treatment."
Donors can schedule an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Fuel up on us
As blood donations drop, gas prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. As a thank-you, all who come to give Aug. 1-31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners. Everyone who comes to give blood in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.*
*Terms apply. Visit rcblood.org/fuel for details.
Area blood drives, through 8/25/2022:
- 8/1/2022: 1:30pm-5:30pm, First United Methodist Church, 404 West Main
- 8/4/2022: 10am-4pm, Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Rd
- 8/15/2022: 11am-3pm, Arkansas Highway Department, 2510 West Kingshighway
- 7/28/2022: 12pm-5pm, Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center, 223 Red Wolf Blvd
- 7/29/2022: 9am-2pm, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, 4800 East Johnson
- 7/29/2022: 12pm-5pm, Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center, 223 Red Wolf Blvd
- 8/2/2022: 11am-4pm, Earl Bell Community Center, 1212 S Church
- 8/3/2022: 1pm-5pm, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 301 E Highland Drive
- 8/5/2022: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1910 Scenic Drive
- 8/12/2022: 12pm-5pm, Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James Street
- 8/16/2022: 11am-3pm, Families, Inc., 1815 Pleasant Grove Road
- 8/23/2022: 10am-3pm, Earl Bell Community Center, 1212 S Church
- 8/25/2022: 8am-5pm, St Bernards Medical Center, 225 East Washington
- 8/1/2022: 1pm-5pm, Church of Christ, 101 Craftsbury Lane
- 8/15/2022: 12:30pm-5:30pm, First United Methodist Church, 188 North 3rd Avenue
- 8/24/2022: 9am-2:30pm, Walnut Ridge High School, 508 East Free Street
- 8/3/2022: 11:30am-4:30pm, CrossRidge Community Hospital, 310 South Falls Boulevard
- 8/18/2022: 1pm-6pm, Church of Christ, 916 Bridges
- 8/4/2022: 1:30pm-5:30pm, Sutton Free Will Baptist Church, 5421 US-62
- 8/11/2022: 10am-3pm, Great River Medical Center, 1520 North Division Street
- 8/18/2022: 8:30am-12:30pm, Gosnell Elementary School, 600 Arkansas 181
Sharp CountyAsh Flat
- 7/29/2022: 10:30am-2:30pm, Ash Flat Library, 11 Arnhart Drive
- 8/8/2022: 1pm-5pm, A.L. Huston Memorial Center, 1765 Highway 62/412
- 8/23/2022: 12:30pm-5:30pm, Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, 21 Otter Drive
Blood drive safety
The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance whenever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.
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 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% 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.