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Batesville community invited to Rock ‘N Roll Up a Sleeve with American Red Cross and WRD Entertainment

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

June 25, 2014

Blood drive to help boost summer supplies

BATESVILLE, Ark. (June 10, 2014) — Folks in Batesville can make summer time sweet for patients in need by shaking, rattling or rolling over to the WRD Entertainment and American Red Cross Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive at Lyon College in July.

School’s out for summer and families are leaving for vacation, which often lead to fewer blood donations throughout the months of warmer weather. But patients in need of blood don’t get a summer break.

 “Summer is always a tough time to collect blood donations,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “While some families are busy taking trips, there are other families in hospital rooms because a loved one is in need of blood products. We hope people will make it a priority to choose a day to give during the 100 days of summer.”

The Red Cross hopes to collect more than 150 donations during the two days of Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive. All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt and commemorative guitar picks, while supplies last. Radio station 93 KZLE will be broadcasting live from the drive on Friday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The station, along with WRD Entertainment, will also be offering additional giveaways to presenting donors.

“We’re excited to give back to the community by being involved in events that make a difference,” said Matt Johnson, WRD Entertainment’s promotion manager. “That’s who we are. We’re a local company that likes to be involved with where we live. Helping save lives is a great way to do that, because we could be helping people here in our own town or across the country when the Red Cross really needs it.”


Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive:

Thursday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lyon College Edward Commons Building, 2300 Highland Road, Batesville

Friday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lyon College Edward Commons Building, 2300 Highland Road, Batesville

Blood donations can be used to help accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and organ transplant recipients. All eligible donors are encouraged to give, especially those with blood types O negative or positive, A negative and B negative. To make a donation appointment 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 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross