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American Red Cross in need of donors

The American Red Cross urgently needs donors to help prevent an emergency blood shortage following the Independence Day holiday.

Platelet and blood donors of all types, especially those with type O negative, B negative, and A negative, are encouraged to give now.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

Arkansas County

July 28 from 2 - 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 608 S. Grandview in De Witt

Clark County

August 7 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 109 Malone in Arkadelphia

Cleburne County

August 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 1800 Bypass Road in Heber Springs

Drew County

August 3 from 12 - 5 p.m. at Pauline Baptist Church, 909 N. Hyatt St. in Monticello

Faulkner County

July 23 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 515 E. 6th St. in Conway

July 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hurley Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 813 Oak St. in Conway

July 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1610 Prince St. in Conway

August 4 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Walgreen's, 850 Oak St. in Conway

August 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at McGee Center, 3800 College Ave. in Conway

Grant County

July 29 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Walmart, 1308 S. Rock St. in Sheridan

Jefferson County

July 28 from 12 - 4 p.m. at Arkansas Department of Corrections, 2403 E. Harding in Pine Bluff

August 4 from 1 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1610 W. 42nd St. in Pine Bluff

July 29 from 7 - 11 a.m. at Entergy-White Bluff Plant, 1100 White Bluff Road in Redfield

Lonoke County

July 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park Community Center, 508 N. Lincoln in Cabot

Monroe County

July 24 from 2 - 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 409 W. Ash St. in Brinkley

Ouachita County

July 25 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Atwoods, 1260 U.S. 278 in Camden

July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Walmart, 950 California Ave. in Camden

August 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookshire's Super Market & Pharmacy, 1345 U.S. 278 in Camden

Pulaski County

July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock

July 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baptist Health Schools, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock

July 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Remington College, 19 Remington Drive in Little Rock

August 4 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Walgreens Main Street, 1601 Main St. in Little Rock

August 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Circle in Little Rock

August 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Canaan Baptist Church, 1700 S. State St. in Little Rock

August 10 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Gaines Street Baptist Church, 1601 S. Gaines St. in Little Rock

July 30 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Walgreens Maumelle, 115 Commons Drive in Maumelle

August 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Methodist Behavioral Hospital, 1601 Murphy Drive in Maumelle

August 8 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Walmart, 12001 Maumelle Blvd. in Maumelle

July 22 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

July 25 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

July 29 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

August 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crye Leike, 3400 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

August 1 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

August 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive in North Little Rock

August 5 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

August 7 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Anytime Fitness, 5923 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

August 8 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 J.F.K. Blvd. in North Little Rock

July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delta Dental Plan of Arkansas, 1513 Country Club in Sherwood

August 6 from 12 - 4 p.m. at St Vincent Medical Center, 2215 Wildwood Ave. in Sherwood

Saline County

July 24 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 17309 I-30 W. in Benton

July 25 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 17309 I-30 W. in Benton

July 31 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Harps Food Store #138 Benton, 1515 Hwy. 5 N. in Benton

August 9 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library, 1800 Smithers Drive in Benton

July 26 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Fire Department, 312 Roya Lane in Bryant

July 28 from 2 - 5:30 p.m. at Walmart, 400 Bryant Ave. in Bryant

Van Buren County

July 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ozark Health Medical Center, 2500 Hwy. 65 S. in Clinton

White County

July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Arkansas State University, 1000 Iowa in Beebe

July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Security Bank, 1801 W. DeWitt Henry Drive in Beebe

July 29 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Bradford Baptist Church, 403 W. Main in Bradford

July 27 from 12 - 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 611 Van Buren St. in Judsonia

August 6 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Pangburn City Hall, 508 Main S. in Pangburn

July 22 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy

July 25 from 12 - 4 p.m. at First Security Bank, 314 N. Spring in Searcy

July 25 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy

July 29 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy

August 1 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy

August 5 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy August 8 from 12 - 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 1120 S. Main St. in Searcy

In addition:

Little Rock Blood Donation Center is open 7 days a week at 401 S. Monroe St.:

Monday from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sunday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Russellville Blood Donation Center is open 5 days a week at 1003 W. Main:

Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission 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.

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