Salvation Army partners with Red Cross for blood and coat drive

December 12, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The season of giving is in full swing, along with the colder weather that comes along with winter. On Dec. 24, the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are offering the community an opportunity to give and make a difference to someone in need, before folks celebrate the holidays with their family.

The two nonprofits are partnering for a blood and coat drive to meet the most basic needs of warmth and wellness.

"The Salvation Army and the Red Cross have been coordinating disaster relief efforts for decades, and we are proud to partner at Christmas to give everyone in our community an opportunity to give a gift to our neighbors in need," said Salvation Army spokesperson Kathy Barbeire.

The winter months are historically a challenging time for the Red Cross to collect blood donations to meet patient needs. Holiday travel, seasonal illnesses and inclement weather can prevent donors from making or keeping their appointments.

“Patients don’t get to take a holiday vacation from needing blood,” said Marci Manley, spokesperson for the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Blood has a shelf life. We need a consistent flow of donors to ensure there’s a stable supply of blood for those patients who depend on it.”

The Red Cross must collect an average of 15,000 pints of blood a day to fill that need. Blood donations can be used to treat accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and organ transplant recipients.

Red Cross and Salvation Army blood and coat drive:

Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salvation Army, 1111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, Ark.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross are asking that those who come to donate blood bring along one new or one clean, gently-used coat that can be given to those in need staying at the group’s homeless shelter. To show appreciation for those who Give Something that Means Something, all presenting blood donors at this drive will receive a long-sleeve 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.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to .