American Red Cross Continues Blood Drive Campaign

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- There is always a need for blood, and you never know when you will give or receive that life-saving donation.

This month the American Red Cross is making it even easier to give the gift of life.

"We have a saying here, the need for blood never takes a vacation," said Bob Draper, with the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is asking you to "Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves" to give the gift of life.

"Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves" is a campaign by the American Red Cross to encourage people to donate blood during these summer months.

"By having successful blood drives, we'll be able to make sure the blood will be there. It's our job to make sure that it is, but we can't do it without the public support," said Draper.

One way you can show support is by donating blood during the "Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves" campaign.

It includes at least 8 blood drives in the month of June alone in Jonesboro.

With a goal of making it easy and convenient to help save a life.

"We are at a low level, but we have the blood for the patients that are needing it; but it's got to be a constant, day to day situation," said Draper.

Draper says they hold a lot of blood drives at schools or universities, so donations dip when schools out.

Draper adds with the height of vacation season quickly approaching, put giving blood on the "to do" list before you hit the road this summer.

The first of eight blood drives was held Tuesday at Ridgecrest Health and Rehab.

Here is a list of other dates and times in Jonesboro in July....

6/12--St. Bernards Auditorium 2 p.m.- 7p.m.

6/13--Clopton Clinic 11 a.m. 3 p.m.

6/13--St. Bernards Auditorium 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

6/17--Cornerstone United Methodist Church 3p.m.-7 p.m.

6/21--Wal-Mart, Parker Road 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

6/21--ASU Tech Center 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

6/22--The Rock of NEA Jonesboro 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.