Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) encourages all Mena- area residents to donate at these blood drives benefitting Faith Chaney, who is battling aplastic anemia, a blood disorder:
- Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., at Walmart,
- Monday, April 21, 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Saint Agnes
- Tuesday, April 22, 1 to 6:45 p.m., at Louise Durham Elementary School, and
- Friday, April 25, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Mena Middle School.
For each donor, Chaney’s family will receive credit for fees associated with her blood transfusions. All blood donors will receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points, redeemable at ABI’s online store.
Since there is no substitute for human blood, supplies must constantly be renewed. Arkansas Blood Institute encourages anyone who is 16 and older* to donate and save a life this spring.
Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks), those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population; however, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in urgent need.
Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling Greg Womack at 479-652-2362 or visiting www.arkbi.org