EL DORADO, Ar. — The El Dorado Banker’s and the American Red Cross are once again partnering up to host their annual blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 23. The drive will be held at the South Arkansas Arts Center (SAAC).
BancorpSouth, First Financial Bank, Simmons Bank, Smackover State Bank, and Southern Bancorp are once again partnering together to give back to the community. This is the 15th year in-a-row that El Dorado Banker’s are hosting this blood drive, and the second straight year with the Red Cross. The current agreement came together through the Red Cross’s partnership with South Arkansas Medical Center. All those who present to donate will enjoy Spudnuts, pizza and various drinks, and will receive a custom Red Cross t-shirt (while supplies last). There be a raffle throughout the day for a chance to win a $500 Wal-Mart gift card, and chances ever hour to win tickets to SAAC’s production of the Addams Family or various prizes provided by El Dorado Banker’s.
“We are very grateful to El Dorado Banker’s for stepping up and working with us to host this annual blood drive,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment, American Red Cross, Arkansas Region. “Their commitment to helping the Red Cross and the community shows their generosity and willingness to help save lives.”
Nearly 100 units of lifesaving blood was collected last year. Each donation can potentially help save up to three lives. Join the El Dorado Banker’s in helping the community by making a blood donation on Feb. 23.
El Dorado Banker’s Blood Drive
South Arkansas Arts Center
110 E. 5th Street
El Dorado, Ar.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last
Blood donors of all types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative 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
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 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 now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. 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.