Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations

Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood shortage

Blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care for patients like Cooper Barghols

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 4, 2017) — The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected.

“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”

How to help
Find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites for more donors to give blood or platelets. Overall, the Red Cross has added nearly 200 hours to blood donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

“In about an hour, you can help save someone’s life. This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being,” said Gehrig.

Who blood donations help
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives.

Cooper Barghols was an active 9 year old who enjoyed watching and playing any and all sports   when he was diagnosed with leukemia. During treatments, Barghols received more than 70 transfusions of blood and blood-related products. Now 18 years old and just completing his first semester of college, Barghols and his family are grateful to the doctors, nurses and blood donors that helped make this young man a survivor.

“My family and I are so very thankful to all those who took time out of their lives to donate the blood that my son received,” said his father and Arkansas-Oklahoma American Red Cross CEO, Bradley Barghols. “I’m at the Red Cross in part to pay it forward for my son. Start your new year paying it forward for another patient.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county
Arkansas 

De Witt
1/20/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Faith Baptist Church, 725 McAdams Road

Stuttgart
1/18/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway 165 South
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Clark

Arkadelphia
1/30/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Walmart, 109 Malone
2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 107 N. 9th
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Cleburne

Greers Ferry
1/16/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Westside High School, 7295 Greers Ferry Rd.

Heber Springs
1/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Walmart, 1500 Hwy 25 B North
1/23/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Arkansas State University, 101 River Crest Dr
1/31/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Southridge Nursing & Rehab, 401 Southridge Parkway
2/4/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., AR Army National Guard Heber Springs, 701 So 7th St

Quitman
1/9/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Quitman High School, 6275 Heber Springs Road
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Conway

Hattieville
1/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wonderview High School, 2436 Hwy 95 North

Morrilton
1/9/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Conway County Community Center, 1307 North Business Hwy. 9
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Faulkner

Conway
1/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., America’s Car Mart, 1220 East Oak
1/7/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Army National Guard Armory, 300 Exchange, Company B – 39th Support
1/23/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Walgreen’s, 850 Oak St
1/24/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., University of Central Arkansas Student Center, 201 S. Donaghey
1/25/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., University of Central Arkansas Student Center, 201 S. Donaghey

Greenbrier
1/31/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Greenbrier First United Methodist Church, #2 Tyler Street

Vilonia
1/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Vilonia United Methodist Church, 1112 Main Street
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Garland

Hot Springs Village
1/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Village United Methodist Church, 200 Carmona Rd
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Grant

Poyen
1/18/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Poyen High School, 111 N. School St
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Hot Spring

Malvern
1/19/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Glen Rose High School, 14334 Hwy 67
1/23/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., College of the Ouachitas, One College Circle
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Jefferson

Pine Bluff
1/12/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Southeast Arkansas College, 1900 Hazel St
1/16/2017: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., United Way of Southeast Arkansas, 211 W. 3rd Street
1/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., United Way of Southeast Arkansas, 211 W. 3rd Street
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Lincoln

Star City
1/10/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 200 West Wiley
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Monroe

Brinkley
1/19/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 409 W Ash Street
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Ouachita

Camden
1/7/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walmart, 950 California Ave.
1/12/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Southern Arkansas University Tech College, 100 Carr Rd.

East Camden
1/16/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, Hussey Road
1/17/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, Hussey Road
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Phillips

West Helena
1/17/2017: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, 1000 Campus
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Pope

Russellville
1/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/5/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/6/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/7/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/11/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/12/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/13/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/14/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/17/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/18/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/19/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/24/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/25/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/26/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
1/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
2/1/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
2/2/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
2/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
2/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Russellville Blood Donation Center, 1003 W. Main
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Pulaski

Jacksonville
1/11/2017: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Community Center, #1 Municipal Drive
1/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Crain Automotive Team-Jacksonville, 1800 School Drive

Little Rock
1/4/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/4/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stilo Salon, 1510 Macon Dr.
1/5/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/6/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/7/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/8/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/9/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/10/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/11/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/12/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Avenue, #150
1/13/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/14/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/15/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/16/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/17/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/17/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Baptist Health College, 11900 Colonel Glenn Rd.
1/18/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/18/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Baptist Health College, 11900 Colonel Glenn Rd.
1/19/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/19/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Pharmacy at Wellington, The Pharmacy at Wellington, 15400 Chenal Parkway
1/20/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., eStem Public Charter High School, 123 West 3rd Street
1/21/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/21/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, 1 Bass Pro Drive
1/22/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/23/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/24/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/24/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Federal Building, 700 W. Capitol
1/25/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/26/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/27/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/28/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/29/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/30/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
1/31/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
2/1/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
2/2/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
2/3/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe
2/4/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Little Rock Blood Donation Center, 401 S Monroe

Maumelle
1/23/2017: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Ace Hardware, 400 Murphy Drive

North Little Rock
1/4/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK BLVD
1/10/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK BLVD
1/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK BLVD
1/17/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK BLVD
1/20/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK BLVD
1/24/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Dr
1/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK BLVD
1/31/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK BLVD
2/1/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fort Roots VA Hospital, 2200 Fort Roots Drive

Sherwood
1/8/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church, 9921 Hwy 107
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Saint Francis

Forrest City
1/8/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., National Guard Armory, 2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
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Saline

Benton
1/4/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Home Depot, 17060 Interstate 30
1/14/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walmart, 17309 I-30 West
1/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Walmart, 17309 I-30 West
1/28/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive
2/1/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Arkansas Health Center, 6701 Hwy 67

Bryant
1/22/2017: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Indian Springs Baptist Church, 23581 I-30

Mabelvale
1/26/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mabelvale Elementary, 9401 Mabelvale Cut-off
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Van Buren

Clinton
1/11/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Clinton High School, 489 YellowJacket Lane
1/12/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Petit Jean Electric Cooperative Corporations, 270 Quality Drive
_______________

White

Bald Knob
1/30/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Harps Bald Knob, 232 US-167

Beebe
1/17/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Arkansas State University, 1000 Iowa

Bradford
1/11/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Bradford High School, 504 West Main Street

Pangburn
1/25/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pangburn High School, 1100 Short St

Searcy
1/5/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 South Main St
1/5/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Centennial Bank Searcy East Race Street, 3601 East Race Street
1/10/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 South Main St
1/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 South Main St
1/17/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 South Main St
1/20/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 South Main St
1/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Arkansas State University, 1800 E Moore St
1/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Harding University Benson Auditorium, 900 E. Center
1/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Harding University Benson Auditorium, 900 E. Center
1/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Harding University Benson Auditorium, 900 E. Center
1/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 South Main St
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Woodruff

McCrory
1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Merchants and Planters Bank, 218 North Edmonds

 

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