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Red Cross urging people to donate in August

(Source: American Red Cross) (Source: American Red Cross)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The American Red Cross is urging donors to give in the last weeks of summer to help combat the critical summer blood shortage. 

According to a news release from the organization, the summer months are some of the most challenging times to meet needs of patients. 

While many regular donors delay giving due to vacations and other summer activities, the need for blood does not slow down during the summer.

Two summers ago, a jet-ski accident nearly took Kelly Griswold’s life while she was vacationing. 

Griswold was airlifted to a hospital and underwent three surgeries in two days. 

Griswold, who was a blood donor before the accident, was suddenly on the receiving end. 

“Without the support of people that can give blood, the ones who have needed it would not be here today, myself included,” Griswold said. 

Donors of all blood types are needed to give blood now to ensure it's available for those in need. 

According to the news release, double red cells can be donated every 112 days and blood can be donated every 56 days. 

Those who donate now through Aug. 31 will receive a $5 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation.

Anyone wanting to donate can schedule and appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App , visiting redcrossblood.com, or calling  1-800-RED-CROSS. 

To help reduce wait times donors are also encouraged to complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire.

The following is a list of donation opportunities available this month.  

Clay

  • Corning
  1. 8/24/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., First National Bank, 612 North Missouri
  • Piggott
  1. 8/17/2016: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Piggott Community Hospital, 1206 Gordon Duckworth Dr
  2. 8/29/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of Christ Thornton, 742 S. Thornton St
  • Rector
  1. 8/22/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rector Community Center, 740 E. 9th Street

Craighead

  • Jonesboro
  1. 8/16/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  2. 8/17/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  3. 8/18/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  4. 8/20/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  5. 8/21/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  6. 8/22/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  7. 8/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  8. 8/24/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  9. 8/25/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  10. 8/27/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  11. 8/28/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  12. 8/29/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  13. 8/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street
  14. 8/31/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jonesboro Blood Donation Center, 1904-A Grant Street

        

Jackson

  • Newport
  1. 8/19/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walmart, 2500 Malcolm Hwy 67 N
  2. 8/23/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Unity Health - Harris Medical Center, 1205 McLain St

Lawrence

  • Imboden
  1. 8/26/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sloan-Hendrix High School, #1 Greyhound Circle
  • Walnut Ridge
  1. 8/22/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab, 1500 West Main

Randolph

  • Pocahontas
  1. 8/18/2016: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Five Rivers Medical Center, 2801 Medical Center Drive
  2. 8/30/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Black River Technical College, 1410 Hwy 304 East
  3. 8/31/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Black River Technical College, 1410 Hwy 304 East

          

Sharp

  • Cave City
  1. 8/25/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cave City High School, 711 North Main

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