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Red Cross: "Urgent Need for Blood"

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
LITTLE ROCK, AR  --  (Press Release)  The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.

“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Scott Caswell, CEO for the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. 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, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Arkansas County
July 28 from 2 - 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 608 S. Grandview in De Witt

Clark County
August 7 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 109 Malone in Arkadelphia

Cleburne County
August 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 1800 Bypass Road in Heber Springs

Drew County
August 3 from 12 - 5 p.m. at Pauline Baptist Church, 909 N. Hyatt St. in Monticello

Faulkner County
July 23 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 515 E. 6th St. in Conway
July 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hurley Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 813 Oak St. in Conway
July 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St. in Conway
August 4 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Walgreen's, 850 Oak St. in Conway
August 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at McGee Center, 3800 College Ave. in Conway

Grant County
July 29 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Walmart, 1308 S. Rock St. in Sheridan

Jefferson Cuonty
July 28 from 12 - 4 p.m. at Arkansas Department of Corrections, 2403 E. Harding in Pine Bluff
August 4 from 1 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1610 W. 42nd St. in Pine Bluff
July 29 from 7 - 11 a.m. at Entergy-White Bluff Plant, 1100 White Bluff Road in Redfield

Lonoke County
July 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln in Cabot

Monroe County
July 24 from 2 - 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 409 W. Ash St. in Brinkley

Ouachita County
July 25 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Atwoods, 1260 U.S. 278 in Camden
July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart, 950 California Ave. in Camden
August 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookshire's Super Market & Pharmacy, 1345 U.S. 278 in Camden

Pulaski County
July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock

July 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock
July 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Remington College, 19 Remington Drive in Little Rock
August 4 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Walgreens Main Street, 1601 Main St. in Little Rock
August 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle in Little Rock
August 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canaan Baptist Church, 1700 S. State St. in Little Rock
August 10 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Gaines Street Baptist Church, 1601 S. Gaines St. in Little Rock
July 30 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Walgreens Maumelle, 115 Commons Drive in Maumelle
August 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Methodist Behavioral Hospital, 1601 Murphy Drive in Maumelle
August 8 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Walmart, 12001 Maumelle Blvd. in Maumelle
July 22 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
July 25 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
July 29 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
August 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crye Leike, 3400 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
August 1 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
August 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive in North Little Rock
August 5 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
August 7 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Anytime Fitness, 5923 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
August 8 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock
July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delta Dental Plan of Arkansas, 1513 Country Club in Sherwood
August 6 from 12 - 4 p.m. at St Vincent Medical Center, 2215 Wildwood Ave. in Sherwood

Saline County
July 24 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 17309 I-30 W. in Benton
July 25 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 17309 I-30 W. in Benton
July 31 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Harps Food Store #138 Benton, 1515 Hwy. 5 N. in Benton
August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton
July 26 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Fire Department, 312 Roya Lane in Bryant
July 28 from 2 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 400 Bryant Ave. in Bryant

Van Buren County
July 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ozark Health Medical Center, 2500 Hwy. 65 S. in Clinton

White County
July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Arkansas State University, 1000 Iowa in Beebe
July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Security Bank, 1801 W. DeWitt Henry Drive in Beebe
July 29 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Bradford Baptist Church, 403 W. Main in Bradford
July 27 from 12 - 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 611 Van Buren St. in Judsonia
August 6 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Pangburn City Hall, 508 Main S. in Pangburn
July 22 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy
July 25 from 12 - 4 p.m. at First Security Bank, 314 N. Spring in Searcy
July 25 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy
July 29 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy
August 1 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy
August 5 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy August 8 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy

In addition:

Little Rock Blood Donation Center is open 7 days a week at 401 S. Monroe St.:
Monday from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Russellville Blood Donation Center is open 5 days a week at 1003 W. Main:
Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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