Roll Up Your Sleeves...It's Time To Give Blood!

March 28, 2004 -- Posted at 5:10 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- It's just a little pinch and it only takes twenty blood is giving the gift of life. With blood shortages across the country, folks here in Region 8 rolled up their sleeves today at the Wal-Mart on Highland in Jonesboro.

"The need for blood never takes a holiday. For instance and the need is always there, and this is why we have blood mobiles throughout our region," said Bob Draper with the American Red Cross.
And while March is American Red Cross month, it's just another reason for these donors to give blood.
Tim Hobbs has donated blood several times and said, "I just always give blood. It was here, I was here, so I decided to stop and donate."
"You can't manufacture blood, you got to use some blood from somebody, and we all need it sometime or another, so it helps to go around," said Tim Fitzgerald, whose been donating since 1973.
Jennifer Brown works as a medical assistant for the American Red Cross and said while sometime it's tough to calm folks down, the results are always worth it.
"It's a good feeling, you know, you feel great because your saving lives and your doing your part the best you can," said Brown.
Right now, there is a shortage of 'O' positive and 'O' negative blood, but Draper says that all blood types are always welcomed.
"Folks are always saying, why are they always screaming for O's? Because those are the most common and more emergencies happen that have that blood type," said Draper.
The American Red Cross says every two seconds someone in America needs blood or platelets.
"Only 5% of people in the country actually give blood. It's because one, they can't medically, or two they don't think about it," said Draper, "The biggest phobia thing is 'I don't like needles.' Well, I don't know of anyone who does...but just think of the person on the other end, their in need of this product."
But is it tough to get people to donate blood?
"The first time it is, but after you do it once and find out how easy it is, and what a good feeling you have after you realize that one pint of blood can save up to four's not hard the second time," said Debbie Miller who works as a volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross.
And it's those donors that will make a difference. If you would like to donate and missed Sunday's drive there are a few more coming up. The American Red Cross will be at the following locations:
  • Monday, March 29 at Riceland Foods Waldenburg Plant from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 30 at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Marked Tree from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 31 at Kay's Hall at ASU from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 31 at St. Bernard's Stroud Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 1 at St. Bernard's Stroud Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 2 at Indian Mall from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April3 at Indian Mall from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.