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American Taekwondo Association hosts Red Cross blood drive

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

June 25, 2014


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 27, 2014) — The American Red Cross will partner with the American Taekwondo Association for the American Taekwondo Association blood drive on July 12. The blood drive will be held during one of the nation’s most exclusive martial arts competitions, the American Taekwondo Association World Championship Tournament in Little Rock. All presenting donors who are American Taekwondo Association members will receive 10 leadership points toward their advancement in their practice.

Chad Gibson, with the American Taekwondo Association, says they are proud to support the work of the Red Cross in central Arkansas.

“Part of the general practice of martial arts is giving back to our community. We understand there is always a great need for blood. Partnering with the Red Cross for this blood drive is a great way for our organization to give back”. 

Gibson invites competitors, their families and the public to come see the world class competition and make a potentially lifesaving blood donation while you are there.

“If you want to get involved and give back, come join us. You never know when you may be the one in need”.

Blood products can be used to help traumatic accident victims, patients undergoing chemotherapy, premature babies and organ transplant recipients, among others. The need for blood is like the need for first responders: it is constant. The hour someone spends giving blood with the Red Cross could change lives forever.


American Taekwondo Association Tournament blood drive:

July 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center

101 E. Markham St. in Little Rock

The blood drive is taking place during the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope summer campaign. The campaign, which runs through Sept. 1, will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. During the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit


How to donate blood

Simply 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 Arkansas), 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.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.