LITTLE ROCK — Severe winter weather forced the cancellation of 32 Red Cross blood drives in Arkansas, southwest Missouri and the Memphis, Tenn., area, which resulted in a shortfall of about 1,000 expected blood and platelet donations over the past five days.
As residents are able to return to normal activities and it’s considered safe to travel, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a blood or platelet donation appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients in need, especially types O negative, B negative and A negative. Platelet donations are also needed as they must be transfused within in five days of donation and must be constantly replenished.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
• Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Conway Regional Auditorium, 2302 College Ave.
• Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conway Regional Auditorium, 2302 College Ave.
• Thursday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Human Development Center, 150 E. Siebenmorgan.
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.