Need for blood continues during holiday season

Every day, patients across the country rely on blood and platelets donated through the American Red Cross and the need doesn’t end over the holidays.

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.

The only way to provide lifesaving blood and platelets for patients in need is through the generosity of donors. Donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday season by making an appointment to donate at, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting a blood services center or blood drive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Desha County

• Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at McGehee Municipal Complex, 901 Holly St. in McGehee.

Grant County

• Dec. 2 from 2-6 p.m. at Walmart in Sheridan.

• Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sheridan.

Jefferson County

• Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1610 W. 42nd Ave., in Pine Bluff.