Blood drive underway at A-State to help military

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 can support men and women serving by "rolling up their sleeves"!

A blood drive kicked off early Tuesday morning and is underway at the Military Science Building on Arkansas State University's campus.

Officer in Charge of the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center in Missouri, Patrick Kaer, said this blood drive is happening with the help of Jonesboro city leaders and emergency services.

"We were invited to Jonesboro by the emergency services and city hall," Officer Kaer said. "They invited us to participate in a blood drive. So, we're asking the city of Jonesboro to help out the military and to donate blood products to help soldiers overseas."

Officer Kaer said the need for blood is constant.

"This goes back to a partnership we developed in 2009," Officer Kaer said. "The need is still there, soldiers need blood every day. Worldwide operations continue. We are still deploying forces, mobilizing them throughout the world. It also helps dependents, families of those soldiers here stateside. So every military hospital and military operation receives blood products to help the soldiers and their families through times of emergencies."

A-State Junior Hannah Malone took time out of her day on to donate blood.

"I have some friends who are in ROTC and they invited me out here," Malone said. "I like to do anything that supports our troops. My whole family is military."

Malone said everyone should take the time to thank those who fight for our freedom.

"Our troops are really important to the U.S.," Malone said. "They are the reason we have the freedom to do what we like to do. So, if we can do anything to help them we should go ahead and do it."

Officer Kaer said this is a partnership between the army, navy and the air force and that they collect all the blood products for the Department of Defense.

"Blood donations are a very important operation," Officer Kaer said. "This is one product you can't get from anywhere else. There's no manufacturing the product. There's no other source except the kindness of donating. So, we really need donors to come out here to support anybody whose injured. The blood we receive primarily supports military personnel and their families. But we don't want any of it to go to waste. If we are approaching the expiration date, we will find somebody who is in need of blood to support."

The drive will pick back up Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.

For more information about the Armed Services Blood Program, click here.

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