Wednesday, November 29, 2017 ─ Arkansas Blood Institute is inviting the Mena community to share the priceless gift of saving lives this holiday season and honor Phillip Speer. Phillip was an advocate for blood donations in the Mena area since 2010 by coordinating multiple blood drives before his passing in 2017. He was directly responsible for setting up 8 blood drives that produced over 300 donors, resulting in almost 400 life-saving products. Phillip partnered with the Mena High School Band, Boys Scouts of America, Polk County Courthouse Heroes Relay for Life Team, 4H Club, Rotary Club and CASA. He made a double impact because Campbell Global made financial contributions to these groups when they recruited donors to the blood drives that Phillip coordinated.
Arkansas Blood Institute will hold the Phillip Speer Memorial Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church located at 811 Port Arthur in Mena on Tuesday, December 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. Each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved holiday-themed t-shirt.
“The gift of blood donation is one that offers hope, healing, and comfort to local patients and their loved ones,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “The cost- just one hour of your time- is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season. But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.”
Donors also receive health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store.
One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.
As a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 30 hospitals statewide.
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 479-652-2364 or visiting arkbi.org.
*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.