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KNWA - Fox 24 partner with Red Cross to encourage viewers to Give Something that Means Something at blood drive

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

December 3, 2013
 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The holiday season has many facing a number of to-do’s from purchasing gifts to planning dinner. The American Red Cross, KNWA and Fox 24 ask that donors give an hour to add one lifesaving item to their list before checking it twice.

“When we were offered the opportunity to host a blood drive in Northwest Arkansas, we jumped at the chance,” said KNWA-Fox 24 general manager Lisa Kelsey. “We do not simply cover the news here in the region; we also serve the community where we live. Helping save lives is a great way to do that.”

On Dec. 23, the two television stations will partner with the Red Cross for a four-hour giving spree. The winter season can create challenges to keeping the blood supply stocked. Holiday travel, inclement weather and seasonal illness can prevent regular blood donors from keeping their appointments. Unfortunately, patients don’t get a holiday from being sick and needing blood.

“We talk about this as the season of giving. Family and friends exchange presents and holiday cheer. We’re just asking for people to take an hour out of their day to give patients a lifesaving gift,” said Marci Manley, spokesperson for the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “There’s no substitute for blood. If patients receive the transfusions they need, it’s because a person out there was willing to take the time to give.”

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive and negative. Every donation could help save up to three lives this holiday season.

KNWA-Fox 24 holiday blood drive:

Dec. 23 from 2-6 p.m. at UARK Bowl, 644 W. Dickson St. #110, Fayetteville, Ark.          

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), 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.