BENTON - A blood drive is set for Sunday in honor of Benton twins born 15 weeks premature.
Cash and Turner Clancy weighed less than four pounds combined when they were born earlier this month.
"They've received a lot of blood, sometimes two transfusions in one day, because their little bodies just can't produce enough red blood cells," mom Ashley Clancy said. "It was something I never thought about, until now. I never knew that it would be something my sons would need."
Dr. John Theus, Medical Director of the American Red Cross Greater-Ozarks Arkansas Blood Services Region, said obtaining blood donation matches for infants is more challenging, which can make the supply available even more limited. On Sunday, the Northside Church of Christ is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in their honor to boost supplies.
Ashley and her husband Shane Clancy have spent much of the past two months with their sons in Baptist Hospital's neonatal unit in Little Rock. Shane is Bauxite High School's head football coach, and Ashley is an attorney. Cash and Turner likely won't go home until the end of September, around the time of their original due date.
Coordinators for the drive hope to reach 150 donations during the event. The blood collected will go to help patients like the Clancy twins and others. The family will attend the drive.
To help out, just go to Northside Church of Christ at 917 N. East St. in Benton between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18. You can also make an appointment to donate at any Red Cross location by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.
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. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.