Benton, AR (February 13, 2012) – To students and teachers, Snow in Arkansas typically means a day off from school. However, to the Red Cross, it means many canceled blood drives across the state. The need for blood doesn’t take a snow day. Patients in area hospitals rely on a constant supply. That’s why the Saline County banks, the American Red Cross and Saline Memorial Hospital have teamed up to host the annual Saline County Banker’s Blood Drive this Saturday, February 18.
“Every two seconds someone needs blood,” said Alan Gibson, communications manager for the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Region. “A ready supply of blood is vital to saving lives around the clock. We all know someone who has benefited from the gift of donated blood.”
Every year during the cold winter months, the Red Cross sees a decrease in the amount of blood available for hospitals and patients. Regularly scheduled drives are forced to reschedule due to the inclement weather. As a result, the supply struggles to meet the demand.
“There’s no substitute for blood,” said Rebecca Jones, Saline Memorial Hospital director of marketing and community relations. “Like the Red Cross, we depend on generous volunteers to donate in order to have the blood supply needed to care for our patients. By increasing the number of blood donors in our community, we are better assuring our patients’ needs are met in the case of an emergency.”