American Red Cross to hold ribbon cutting in Little Rock, Arkansas

June 4, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June  5, 2013) – The American Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at the Red Cross Blood Donation Center at 401 South Monroe  in Little Rock.

The festivities on June 6 come while the Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join the Summer of Stories campaign, which runs through Sept. 9. Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive or donation center this summer — above what’s expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment’s notice.

“This event gives us the opportunity to educate the public on the need for blood products during the critical summer months. We sincerely thank the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce for their support ” said Michele R. Wright Ph.D., CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region, who will speak at the event and greet visitors. “Whether you’ve needed blood, have given blood or simply want to share a fun summer memory, we want to hear your story.”

Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.

Throughout the campaign, donors will be encouraged to give blood or platelets regularly, especially around summer holidays, when donations tend to drop even more. Each day the Red Cross needs 17,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Visit or call

1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives this summer.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross