LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The family of Drew Melton is hoping to give more time to patients and their loved ones by partnering with Saline Memorial Hospital and the American Red Cross for a blood drive held in memory of their daughter.
The drive is scheduled for March 10, and the community is invited to donate.
“One hour of your time could give a patient in need more time with family members,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “You could give that patient a second chance by rolling up a sleeve and giving a pint of blood to help save lives.”
Melton, 17, was killed in a car accident in Nov. 2012. She was a senior at Benton High School and an all-star softball player who planned to attend the University of Arkansas after graduation. At 17, her life ended too soon, but Saline County residents can help save the lives of others, and honor Melton’s memory, with a blood donation.
“Drew was a gifted athlete and very giving of her time,” said Ted Melton, Drew’s father. “Giving blood is so crucial, and it is a personal issue for me. By giving of your time you could help save a life.”
Blood drive details:
- March 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saline Memorial Hospital, Conference Room 1, 1 Medical Park Dr., Benton
“As a community, we need to all join together in the effort of helping our neighbors in need. There’s a great chance that one day, you or someone you love will need blood and it will only be available if people give,” said Megan Caldwell, Saline Memorial Hospital Community Service Coordinator.
Blood products are used to treat accident victims, premature babies, cancer patients and those with blood disorders, among others. Someone in the U.S. needs blood approximately every two seconds, and one blood donation could help save up to three lives.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org
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 consent 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.