Blood drives scheduled in SE Arkansas

Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

The American Red Cross has scheduled the following blood drives this month in Southeast Arkansas. According to a news release, Type O negative blood is especially needed. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type.

Dallas County

• Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dallas County Medical Center, 201 N. Clifton in Fordyce.

Jefferson County

• Feb. 17 from 1-5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1610 W. 42nd Ave. in Pine Bluff.

• Feb. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Activity Center, 8203 Dollarway Road in White Hall.

• Feb. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4200 Old Warren Road in Pine Bluff.

• Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Simmons First National Bank, 501 Main St. in Pine Bluff.

To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.