JONESBORO, Ark. (Jan.8, 2020) — KAIT Region 8 News and the American Red Cross are once again partnering up and asking the community to ‘Be The Hero’ at the annual blood drive Jan. 15-17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 E. Washington, in Jonesboro.
The KAIT Region 8 News ‘Be The Hero’ Blood Drive originated as a way for the television station to help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply and give back to the Jonesboro area community. This year’s goal is to collect 289 donations during the three-day drive. Since 20018, this year’s drive will be held at St. Bernards Auditorium. All who attempt to donate will receive a Red Cross, Be The Hero T-shirt, while supplies last.
This blood drive will help replenish the blood supply following the holidays. The Red Cross critically needs donors of all blood types − especially type O − to give now and help ensure patients continue to receive the treatments they need this winter.
“We truly appreciate the support that KAIT Region 8 News has shown over the years,” said Jennifer Freeze, District Manager, Red Cross Greater Ozarks & Arkansas Blood Services Region. “We have a critical need for blood donations of all types and this drive could not come at a better time of the year. We hope to have another great turnout next week.”
As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood at the ‘Be The Hero’ Blood Drive will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live.* The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses. Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.
Those with types O, B negative, and AB blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products.
How to donate blood
Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting RedCrossBlood.org and entering sponsor code KAITBeTheHero. Walk-ins are welcome. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
*Terms and conditions apply. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl. Valid email address is required. Limit three (3) entries per presenting donor. Winner will be selected and notified via the email listed in their American Red Cross donor profile on or around Jan. 24, 2020. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Giveaway begins Jan. 1, 2020, and ends Jan. 19, 2020. The prize shall not be sold on any internet site and any ticket that has been re-sold via the internet will be nullified. The National Football League’s licensed marks (“NFL”; “National Football League” and the NFL Shield design, “Super Bowl” and the Super Bowl LIV logo) on any giveaway related materials have been reviewed by NFL and are used with permission. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this giveaway in any way.