Local Notes: Urgent need for blood donors
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, the sole provider of blood and plasma to patients at 44 area health facilities, reports less than optimal levels of all blood types. While the covid-19 vaccinations are ongoing, attendance at many local blood drives is still negatively affected. On the hospital side, blood transfusions are taking place at levels not seen for several years. Blood drives in the CBCO service area play a vital role in maintaining the good health of our community.
CBCO donors provide all blood to patients at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, as well as dozens of healthcare facilities across the Ozarks. Residents of the Harrison area will have the opportunity to donate from noon to 6 p.m. on July 22 at the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Bloodmobile in the parking lot at 620 N. Main St. in Harrison.
Donors also provide all blood to patients at Eureka Springs Hospital as well as other facilities across the Ozarks. Residents of the Eureka Springs area can donate from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 21 to the Inn of the Ozarks, 207 Van Buren, Eureka Springs.
In Harrison, donors can attend the Harrison Community Blood Drive which will be held at First Christian Church, 915 S. Maple St., in the Bursary Hall from noon to 6 pm.
Appointments are strongly encouraged for this blood drive but are not necessary.
As donors across the country have rolled up their sleeves to donate this summer, the need for blood remains critical for patients who depend on life-saving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood groups – especially type O – are encouraged to make an appointment to donate now.
At present, the Red Cross must collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of trauma and emergency room visits, transplants of organs and elective surgeries.
In most cases, those who have received a covid-19 vaccine can donate. However, it is important to know the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine received to determine eligibility for donation.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
• Bella Vista: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 22, First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Drive
• Bentonville: 10 am to 2 pm July 20, Bentonville Plaza, 609 SW Eighth St.; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30, Bentonville Church of Christ, 904 N. Walton Blvd.
• Rogers: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm July 19, Rogers Christian Church, 2501 W. Oak St .; 11 am-4pm July 20 and 21, Center for Nonprofits, 1200 W. Walnut St .; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 21, Sunnyside Baptist Church, 210 E. Locust St .; noon-4 p.m. July 26, Walmart, 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd; 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. July 27, Rogers Convention Center, 3201 Pinnacle Hills Parkway
• Siloam Springs: 10 am to 3 pm July 27, Community Christian Fellowship, 525 S. Lincoln St .; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 28, Simmons Prepared Foods, 601 N. Hico St.
• Farmington: Noon to 6 p.m. July 22, Farmington Junior High, 278 W. Main St.
• Fayetteville: 11 am-4pm July 23, Toyota of Fayetteville, 1418 W. Showroom Drive; Noon-4 p.m. July 26, TheatreSquared, 477 W. Spring St.
Information: redcrossnlood.org or (800) 733-2767.
Hope Cancer Resources’ Wellness Center for Hope offers yoga, meditation and fitness classes for cancer patients and in-person caregivers, via Zoom and YouTube.
Their team of counselors and social workers supports cancer patients and their families every day with a focus on emotional health, no matter what.
A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to help those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.
Those in need of medical supplies, liquid foods, or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are urged to reach out. Donations of new or lightly used items are also accepted.
Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.
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