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Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather

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Extreme winter weather has forced the cancellation of hundreds of Red Cross blood drives in 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In Arkansas, 563 donations have gone uncollected as 20 blood drives were canceled in Northeast and Northwest Arkansas.

Every day thousands of patients rely on lifesaving blood donations. The need for blood is constant, even during snowstorms and the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted, individuals are urged to make appointments to donate in the coming days and weeks by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood

Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The Red Cross will host blood drives in Harrison and Yellville during the first week of March.

Harrison

Friday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Independent Living, Inc.

2046 South Cherry Suite B

Friday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Methvin Sanitation

340 West Industrial Park Road

Yellville

Monday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Yellville-Summitt High School

1124 Panther Avenue

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