JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A blood drive was held Monday in Jonesboro at the St. Bernards Auditorium in honor of outgoing Mayor Harold Perrin.
The event was organized by the American Red Cross after Mayor Perrin to raise awareness of the importance of giving blood. The American Red Cross says many cancer patients receive blood transfusions during chemotherapy treatments.
Many were in attendance, ready to give blood. One of those who gave was Police Chief Rick Elliott, who says it was an honor to give for the Mayor.
“I came today to give blood, one in honor of Mayor Perrin, what he’s done for the city over the time that he’s served on the council and as a mayor,” Chief Elliott said. Two, it’s important to give back to the community... Our need for blood is on the increase, so this is a way to give back to the community and to those in need.”
Officials said there is typically a blood shortage this time of year and that the drive will be helpful around the holidays.
“What better way to recognize him as the outgoing mayor for the City of Jonesboro than to recognize his service to the community and thanking him, Jerrica Fox, Missouri and Arkansas Representative for the American Red Cross said. and what better way - to donate blood in his honor.”
The American Red Cross says that this is a critical need period for the organization. Eighty percent of the blood drives the organization hosts is through schools, colleges, and community drives.
Fox says if you missed out Monday, there will be more opportunities to give blood. The American Red Cross will be in the area often, and appointments are encouraged in advance on their website.