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Friday, October 23, 2015

UACCM Partners with American Red Cross to Host Blood Drive

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. west of the Kirk Building on the UACCM campus.

Anyone interested in donating blood can make an appointment in advance or walk-in at their convenience.  For more information or to make an appointment to donate, sign up online at www.redcross.org/blood or at bit.ly/UACCMbd15.

“Hosting a blood drive coincides with UACCM’s core values of giving back to the community,” said Chief Information Officer Mary Clark. “With a simple blood donation, we have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor.”

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims. The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.


For questions about the blood drive at UACCM, contact Courtney Stell at stell@uaccm.edu or by phone at 501-977-2142.

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