Two communitywide American Red Cross Blood drives will be conducted in Phillips County during the month of July according to spokesperson Laurie Nehring.
“Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the 2 percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a shortage,” said Nehring in a press release.
One Phillips County blood drive will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Wal-Mart. The second will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.
Nehring stressed that people with O negative and B negative were especially encouraged to donate. She said those particular blood types are in high demand because they can be transfused to both Rh negative and positive patients.
“O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient,” commented Nehring.
Red Cross officials state that vacations, summer activities and holidays create a decline in blood donations during the summer months. However, according to the ARC patients don't get a break from needing blood.
The public is urged to visit the ARC's Summer of Stories campaign website at redcrossblood.org/summer. Make an appointment to donate and then share why you give blood. Also view videos about people whose lives have been touched and changed by donors.
To donate, simply call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or obtain more information. Donors are required to present a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification. Individuals 17 or older (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and in general good health are eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors under age 18 must meet certain height and weight requirements.
The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and emotional support for disaster victims. It also supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation's blood supply. ARC is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of people to accomplish its mission.
For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit ARC on Twitter at @RedCross.