AMMC to host blood drive | Events
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center is sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, June 7, from noon until 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium in the Professional Office Building in Paragould.
According to the American Red Cross, one in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood.
Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims due to accidents and burns; heart surgery; organ transplants; women with complications during childbirth; newborns and premature babies receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases.
At AMMC alone, approximately 100 units are transfused monthly.
To give blood you must be:
- At least 16 years old
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Not have donated whole blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days) or double red cells in the last 16 weeks (112 days)
Donors will be eligible to win a Gibson guitar, courtesy of the Gibson Foundation. The American Red Cross will award multiple guitars and 50,000 guitar picks. In addition, anyone who donates blood will receive a rock and roll themed t-shirt.
Donors ages 16-21 may also enter to win a $5,000 scholarship for future education costs.
All donors will receive three $5 coupons to be used at AMMC’s Auxiliary Gift Shop, Beacon’s Deli, cafeteria or the Foundation Station.