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AMMC hosts blood drive to help Red Cross during the holidays

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center and the American Red Cross partnered Tuesday for a blood drive before the holidays.

AMMC normally holds blood drives every 56 days.

"The reason we do that is because if you're a whole blood donor, that's how often you're eligible," AMMC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Shay Willis told Region 8 News.

Though AMMC regularly hosts blood drives, Willis explained that they also help the American Red Cross in times of need.

Willis explained that their partnership with the American Red Cross is extremely important year round.

"At AMMC alone, on average, we transfuse a hundred units per month for our patients," Willis said. "So if we don't help the American Red Cross, they can't help our patients."

Willis said their single-day drives have been extremely successful in the past.

"We've had all of our drives in recent years indoors and I think people really appreciate that. They can come in, it's a comfortable atmosphere," Willis said. "They're very supportive. We have had as many as 75 units at this facility alone at a single drive."

AMMC's next holiday blood drive is Thursday, December 17 from 11 to 5:30.

If you don't want to wait til then, you can make an appointment with the Red Cross.

According to the Red Cross, they especially need negative blood types this holiday.

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