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Bass Pro Shops and Red Cross are fishin’ for blood donors

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

January 13, 2014
 

Store Front.jpgLITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Bass Pro Shops may have one of the most extensive selections of fishing rods and tackle in Central Arkansas, but they’re hoping it won’t be difficult to reel in donors during the American Red Cross blood drive on Jan. 17. Bass Pro Shops is aiming to help save lives, one donation at a time.

“We, here at Bass Pro Shops of Little Rock, are committed to conservation and to helping our community.  The American Red Cross allows you to help people in a time of need that you might not otherwise have met,” said Will Anderson, Little Rock Bass Pro Shops store manager.  “We are excited about being able to host a blood drive at our store and see the outpouring of support for the American Red Cross.” 

For some Bass Pro Shops employees, the need for blood hits even closer to home than just helping out in the community. Tammy Kingston, a Bass Pro Shops Human Resources clerk, has sat in the hospital and hoped blood was available to help a loved one.

“Our daughter was a blood recipient on several occasions due to multiple surgeries and extended health problems during a 13-month stay at Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” Tammy said. “Her health and her life would not be the same without blood donations.”

Tammy’s mother also needed blood products during her battle with a blood disorder, relying on the generosity of donors.

“You never know when someone you love may need blood, and it’s the blood that’s on the shelves right now that helps in those emergencies,” said Marci Manley, spokesperson for the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “When someone donates blood with the Red Cross, they might help save the life of their neighbor down the street or someone across the country.”

Bass Pro Shops blood drive

Jan. 17 from 2-6 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 1 Bass Pro Drive, Little Rock, Ark.

In appreciation, Bass Pro Shops will give all presenting donors a 10 percent discount off that day’s purchase at Bass Pro Shops. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will also be served during the blood drive.

The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood types O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative. While all types are needed, eligible individuals with these blood types are especially encouraged to give. The Red Cross must collect an average of 15,000 donations a day to meet patient needs at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers in the U.S. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, so the need for donors is constant to help maintain a sufficient supply.

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 @RedCrossBldGOA