Saline Memorial Hospital hosts Red Cross blood drive in memory of school teacher

September 17, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — Many of us live busy lives with schedules packed with things to check off our to-do lists, and finding time to make a difference in our communities can seem daunting. But can you spare an hour to help save a life?

On Sept. 25, 2013, Saline Memorial Hospital is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive in memory of Betty Martindale of Benton, Ark., who died in May 2013.

Betty served the community as a teacher in the public school system for nearly two decades and taught Sunday school for 35 years. According to her husband, Dr. Joseph Martindale, Betty took every opportunity to make a difference and see the good inside of those around her.  

“Betty did a lot of little things for people over a lifetime that truly helped others. She touched a lot of people that I never even knew about,” Martindale said.  “This would be a tremendous way to honor her by continuing to help others in her memory.”

September is traditionally a time of year when the Red Cross is coming off a tough summer donation period. While summer is winding down, the need for blood remains constant, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The blood donation process takes about an hour, and on average the Red Cross needs to collect approximately 17,000 pints a day to meet patient needs.

“Many of us want to know there’s a way to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “By donating blood, which seems like a small thing, you can help save up to three lives.  That’s a pretty big impact.”

Red Cross blood drive in memory of Betty Martindale:

Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Saline Memorial Hospital, 1 Medical Park Drive, Benton, Ark.

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.