Northeast Arkansas blood drive in honor of patient on liver transplant list

November 25, 2013

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — Blood donations can help a wide variety of patients, including people undergoing organ transplants. Sometimes, those individuals live right in our community, while others could be halfway across the country.

On Nov. 30, the American Red Cross is partnering with the Blytheville and Gosnell communities, along with the Boys and Girls Club, to collect blood donations in honor of not only a patient who may need it but a neighbor.

John Holifield, Sr., was born and raised in Blytheville, Ark., and is a retired member of the Gosnell volunteer fire department. He’s awaiting a liver transplant following a cancer diagnosis. Surgery and chemotherapy aren’t an option.

 “I’m honored by the show of support. I hope the community will come out to give blood to those who really need it,” Holifield said. “God gave us the ability to give. I don’t think blood donation is a gift we should waste when it might give someone another chance at life.”

One blood donation can help save up to three lives. The Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood a day to meet patient needs. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative.

“We don’t  know if the person we help with our blood donation is a stranger, but we also don’t know when donating blood might help save the life of a friend or family member,” said Marci Manley, spokesperson for the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Someone needs blood in the U.S. every two seconds, and it’s hard to predict when that someone might be a person we love who needs help.”

Give blood in honor of John Holifield, Sr.

Nov. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Boys and Girls Club, 801 S. Elm St., Blytheville, Ark.

To show our appreciation, all presenting donors during this drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

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.