KAIT 8 and Red Cross gear up for Drive for Life

January 3, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. — A new year is underway and folks in Northeast Arkansas can give patients in need the opportunity to spend more time with loved ones. Often, we make New Year goals to give back to the community and be more involved. Region 8 viewers can fulfill that resolution by giving blood at the KAIT Drive for Life blood drive with the American Red Cross.

For three days, the Red Cross will be on site in Jonesboro to collect donations from those willing to roll up a sleeve to help accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and those with blood disorders.

“The Region 8 News family is honored to be a part of the annual Drive for Life campaign,” said Tracey Rogers, vice president and general manager of KAIT. “I cannot think of a better way for KAIT to make a difference in our community than to alert our viewers to the need for blood right here in Region 8.  If we assist in saving even one life, then I feel we have achieved success.  We look forward to welcoming all of Region 8 to give the gift of life.”

Someone in the U.S. needs blood about every two seconds, and one donation could help save up to three lives. On Jan. 17-19, KAIT and the Red Cross hope to collect 420 pints.  In the past six years, the Drive for Life has resulted in nearly 3,300 blood donations.

“The hour it takes to give a blood donation could mean a donor is giving patients in need more priceless moments with their loved ones,” said Marci Manley, spokesperson for the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “There’s simply no substitute for blood. A patient has to rely on someone willing to give to make that difference.”

Drive for Life blood drive:

Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Auditorium, 505 E. Washington, Jonesboro

Jan. 18-19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Auditorium, 505 E. Washington, Jonesboro

To make a donation appointment during the Drive for Life, click here.

The KAIT Drive for Life wouldn’t be possible without community support and corporate sponsors like Window World, Yeoman’s Dermatology Office and Medic One Ambulance. The annual Draper Cup tradition will continue this year, with businesses across the area competing to recruit blood donors and walk away with bragging rights and a traveling trophy.

Local restaurants will provide free refreshments, and all presenting donors will receive a Red Cross Drive for Life T-shirt, while supplies last. 



St. Bernard's Auditorium
505 E. Washington
Jonesboro, AR
United States
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