Arkansas Foodbank and Red Cross partner for a 'Stock the Shelves' food and blood drive
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The holidays are referred to as the season of giving. It’s a time many people are purchasing gifts for loved ones or considering giving back to the community.
On Nov. 27, the American Red Cross and Arkansas Foodbank are partnering for a “Stock the Shelves” blood drive and food drive. Members of the community can help feed hungry families and make a lifesaving blood donation in about an hour.
“Places like the Arkansas Foodbank and the Red Cross are vital in improving the lives of thousands of Arkansans,” said Rhonda Sanders, CEO of Arkansas Foodbank. “November is traditionally our biggest food distribution month, so to be able to help put more food on tables this time of year while helping save the life of someone with a blood donation is wonderful.”
“The need for blood is constant, but unfortunately the supply is not. Historically, the winter months have been more difficult to recruit blood donors because of holiday travel, seasonal illnesses and inclement weather,” said Michele Wright, Ph.D., CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “The patients we serve don’t get a holiday from being sick. Likewise, there are some families in Arkansas who don’t get a vacation from being hungry. By donating, someone could have an impact on another person’s life when they may need it most.”
Stock the Shelves holiday blood and food drive:
The Red Cross and Arkansas Foodbank are asking community members to donate at least one item from the “Top Five Needs” list and give blood to help a patient in need. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative. In appreciation, the Red Cross is providing all presenting blood donors at this drive with a pumpkin pie and a Red Cross T-shirt.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock, Warren, and Caddo Valley serve approximately 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year the Foodbank distributed more than 16 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed the hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit the Foodbank website at www.arkansasfoodbank.org