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Give blood at sixth annual DeWitt Hospital Spring Fling blood drive

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

March 24, 2014
 

DEWITT, Ark. — For the sixth year, the DeWitt community along with folks from surrounding areas can help save lives during the DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home Spring Fling blood drive with the American Red Cross in April.

Since 2009, the Spring Fling blood drive has collected more than 500 blood donations to help patients in need. This year, the Red Cross hopes to collect at least 110 pints, which would break the Spring Fling record thus far. All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross Spring Fling blood drive T-shirt, while supplies last.

Sixth Annual Spring Fling Blood Drive:

April 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home, 1641 S. Whitehead Drive, in DeWitt, Ark.

“Since we started Spring Fling, the blood drive has been a cornerstone of the event,” said Darren Caldwell, CEO of DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home. “We are so proud of and amazed by the community support. Each year’s blood drive has been bigger than the last, and we hope that continues.”

According to Caldwell, the hospital collects more blood at the Spring Fling than it actually uses in an entire year, which means that donors could be helping patients treated at DeWitt Hospital or any of the 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers served by the Red Cross.

“People should be proud that we collect more blood than we use here,” he added. “When they give blood here, they’re helping not only their neighbors but patients outside Arkansas County as well.”

Blood products can be used for patients receiving chemotherapy, accident victims and premature babies, just to name a few. Under normal circumstances, someone needs blood in the United States every two seconds. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, so donors are always needed to help ensure a sufficient supply.

“We’re excited to be part of the sixth annual Spring Fling,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “The hundreds of donations collected through this blood drive show how committed DeWitt Hospital and the community are to helping patients in need. We’re grateful for their willingness to give.”

The Spring Fling will feature not only a blood drive but also a health fair. Community organizations and businesses will be manning booths offering information and health screenings. The event will feature a raffle for dozens of door prizes, free refreshments and a team competition.

Team leaders from local businesses and organizations can recruit employees, customers, clients, family members and friends to join and register for the event under the team name. The group with the most participant points wins the Spring Fling traveling trophy and bragging rights for a full year.

To sign up to make a donation appointment, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter DeWittHosp in the sponsor code field.

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 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.