Forty churches unite for first blood drive in honor of blood donation recipient Juanita Cook
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Aug. 19, 2013) — Members and leaders of the Arkansas District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World are uniting with the American Red Cross to host the council’s first statewide blood drive on August 24 in Little Rock.
The drive is being held in honor of First Lady Juanita Cook, wife of Pastor Curtis Cook, who has received more than 15 pints of blood during medical treatment and hospital stays during the past six months.
“I had given blood over the years but never imagined someone I loved would ever need it,” said Curtis Cook. “We didn’t know what to do. She was so near death while doctors were trying to find a diagnosis, and the only thing that kept her alive was blood transfusions.”
Members of the council’s 40 Arkansas churches are encouraging family and friends to participate in the blood drive. Drive coordinators will present a plaque and Visa gift card to the pastor and first lady from the three churches that have the highest donor turnout. The council hopes to collect more than 150 donations during the drive.
“Considering the importance of blood donations in our communities, we are excited about the partnership with the Arkansas District Council,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “About every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion, and there is simply no substitute.”
Arkansas District Council Blood Drive in Honor of Juanita Cook
Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greater Christ Temple Pentecostal Church, 1200 Bishop Warren Dr., Little Rock
Council Diocesan Bishop Alfonso Madden and other council leaders will be attending the drive. Juanita Cook plans to attend, if her health allows.
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.