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Arkansas Blood Institute and the City of Sherwood are hosting a Boots and Badges blood drive with a goal of 20 successful donations on Wednesday, July 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bill Harmon Recreation Center, located at 51 Shelby Road. Donors will receive a free t-shirt and entry to Magic Springs. Appointments are encouraged and may be made by visiting https://bit.ly/July21BloodDriveSW or calling 501-835-6893.
“Your Blood Institute is currently facing an emergency blood shortage and we’re issuing an urgent call for donors of all blood types. We are asking all healthy citizens to take only about an hour of their time to give blood for our friends and neighbors in need. To show our gratitude, everyone who donates at the Sherwood Boots & Badges Blood Drive will receive a t-shirt and entry to Magic Springs,” said Kacie Kindrex, Donor Recruitment Account Consultant.
Donors can save up to 15 minutes during their appointment time by using Donor Express to complete pre-donation health questions by visiting: http://arkbi.org/donor-express/. Donor Express must be done the same day as the blood drive and is just one part of the screening process. Staff will review your responses with you and administer various health checks when you arrive. Same-day completion of Donor Express does not ensure you will be able to donate. Photo ID is required to donate.
Arkansas Blood Institute is following safety and cleanliness recommendations and guidelines set forth by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) to maintain the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion. Its donor centers have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. Also, phlebotomy and donor services staff will wear masks and donor centers have been adapted to allow for social distancing. All staff and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility, to ensure only healthy individuals are present.
Blood donation takes just about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Donors 16 and younger must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18 year-olds and older must weigh at least 110 pounds. For other eligibility requirements, visit arkbi.org or call (877) 340-8777.
Visit https://bit.ly/July21BloodDriveSW to schedule an appointment. For more information, call site organizer Julie Greene at 501-835-6893.