JONESBORO, Ar. (June 10, 2024) - As World Blood Donor Day approaches on June 14, the American Red Cross stresses that blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to combat a drastic shortfall in donations over the last several weeks. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood and donors giving platelets.

Record-breaking summer travel and severe weather conditions are expected to persist all season long, which may prevent donors from being able to give. When fewer people donate, less blood is available for hospital patients. Make a blood or platelet donation a priority this summer. Book a time to give now by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

World Blood Donor Day
June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe, diverse and stable blood supply, and to recognize volunteer blood donors. This is the perfect time to give, especially for those who haven't given in a while, or who have never given before.

Those who come to give June 10-30, 2024, will get a $15 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. See RedCrossBlood.org/DoGood for details.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through June 30:
 

 


Clay County 

Corning
  • 6/27/2024: 1:30pm-5:30pm, First Baptist Church, 701 W 3rd St

Cross County
Wynne

  • 6/13/2024: 1pm-6pm, Church of Christ, 916 Bridges

Greene County
Paragould
  • 6/14/2024: 12pm-4pm, Community Center, 3404 Linwood Drive
  • 6/20/2024: 12pm-5pm, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 West Kingshighway
  • 6/21/2024: 10am-2pm, Greene County Baptist Association, 2505 Linwood Dr

Lawrence County
Walnut Ridge
  • 6/17/2024: 10am-2pm, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 201 South Memorial Drive

Mississippi County
Blytheville
  • 6/14/2024: 10am-3pm, Arkansas Northeastern College Wellness Center, 2501 S Division St
  • 6/18/2024: 1pm-5pm, Ruddle Road Church of God, 1400 Ruddle Road
  • 6/21/2024: 9am-2pm, Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church, 809 East Main
  • 6/25/2024: 9am-2pm, Wellspring Church Blytheville, 600 N Division St
  • 6/27/2024: 12pm-5pm, Westminster Village of the Mid-South, 5215 Southside Dr
 

Poinsett County
Trumann
  • 6/20/2024: 1pm-6pm, Delta EMS, 408 Jaden Cove

Randolph County
Pocahontas
  • 6/21/2024: 11am-3pm, Randolph County Library, 111 W Everett St

Sharp County
Cherokee Village
  • 6/25/2024: 10am-2pm, Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, 21 Otter Drive
Hardy
  • 6/19/2024: 1pm-5pm, A.L. Hutson Memorial Center, 1765 Highway 62/412

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.

Amplify your impact - volunteer

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check in, and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.