Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.
About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel. This led to about 17,000 fewer blood donations than needed for patients in a single week, causing the Red Cross to now have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available -- and less than a two-day supply of type O blood -- for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired.
In June, the Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign to encourage donors to give blood or platelets during the challenging summer months. Through the campaign, the letters A, B and O -- letters that make up the main blood groups -- disappeared from popular brands to symbolize what happens when blood goes missing from hospital shelves during blood shortages.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
•Bentonville: 2-6 p.m. July 18, Walmart, 406 S. Walton Blvd.; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23, Clorox, 2200 S.E. 28th St.; 8 a.m.-noon July 28, St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1300 N.E. J St.
•Lowell: 3-7 p.m. July 22, Harps Food Store Rogers, 715 N. Second St.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 23, J.B. Hunt Tower, 5100 W. JB Hunt Drive; 2-6 p.m. July 29, Walmart, 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 30, John Q. Hammons Center, 3201 Pinnacle Hills Parkway; 1-5 p.m. July 30, Harding University, 901 S. 52nd St.
•Farmington: 1-7 p.m. July 25, Farmington Junior High, 278 W. Main St.
•Fayetteville: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 19, Medical Arts Pharmacy, 2515 E. Huntsville Road
•Springdale: 2-6 p.m. July 31, The Jones Center, 922 E. Emma Ave.
Information: redcross.org or email cruzrojaamericana.org.
Currently, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks reports less than a three day supply of all blood types, except for B positive. Donors are strongly urged to get to a CBCO Donor Center or blood drive near them and give this week.
Participants at this CBCO blood drive will receive a green "Adventure" T-shirt. It's a colorful reminder of the summer season and the gift that means so much for local patients.
Help by giving blood at these upcoming blood drives:
•Bentonville: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, 1 Airport Boulevard
•Gentry: 4:30-7:30 p.m. July 15, Church of God in Christ Mennonite, 10770 N. Bloomfield Road
•Rogers: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16, Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas, 2710 Rife Medical Center
•Siloam Springs: Noon-6 p.m. July 19, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, 603 N. Progress Ave.
Information: (800) 280-5337 or cbco.org.
UAFS to host
The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, will host its summer blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, 800 N. 49th St.
The blood drive is sponsored by the UAFS Student Activities Office and the Campus Activities Board's community events committee and is free and open to the public. Each donor will receive a free health screening, "Summer Vibes & Saving Lives" T-shirt, and their choice of one free admission to Science Museum Oklahoma, one free admission to Frontier City or two free tickets to Safari Joe's H2O Water Park.
UAFS coordinates five blood drives each year in an effort to help reach out to potential blood donors on campus. The blood is provided to the Arkansas Blood Institute, a nonprofit blood center whose volunteer donors provide 100 percent of the blood needed by patients in 40 Arkansas hospitals.
Drop-ins are welcome, or appointments may be scheduled.
Information: (479) 788-7663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
to the square
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is offering free, family-friendly storytelling events on Wednesdays in July. The two-hour program is hosted in the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion starting at 10 a.m.
Each week, Stories on the Square concludes with a different hands-on activity or craft. The make-and-take activity schedule is:
• July 17: "Root-runner" basket weaving
• July 24: Mini gourd masks
• July 31: Soapstone pendants
The Cherokee National Peace Pavilion is located at 177 S. Water Ave. in Tahlequah, Okla. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Cherokee National Prison Museum, located at 124 E. Choctaw St.
Participants will receive free admission to the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Cherokee National Prison Museum, John Ross Museum and Sequoyah's Cabin Museum following the program.
Information: (877) 779-6977 or VisitCherokeeNation.com.
The Bella Vista Historical Museum is hosting an Old time Movie afternoon at 2 p.m. July 21 at the museum, U.S. 71 at Kingsland Road, next to the American Legion. There will be two Laurel & Hardy movies, Berth Marks (1921) and One Good Turn (1931). After an intermission there will be Shiverin' Shakespeare (1930), an Our Gang comedy. All of these movies will be shown on an original 1940s Bell & Howell 16 mm film projector and sound system courtesy of museum docents Bill and Mary Jane Cole. Admission is free.
Information: (479) 855-2335.
UAFS to host
The College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will host an intensive academic research event, The Advances in Business Research Symposium, Nov. 11-12 at the UAFS campus.
The theme of the symposium, which is hosted in cooperation with Tarleton State University, will be "Contemporary Issues of Business Research." Serving academic researchers, professional business leaders and experts in the business fields, the symposium provides a platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas about, identify emerging trends in, learn new approaches to and examine issues about the various disciplines of business administration, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
In addition to promoting academic research in the field, the ABR Symposium also offers corporate executives and managers, entrepreneurs, leaders of not-for-profit organizations and other professionals an opportunity to increase their awareness about the world of business, as well as a unique opportunity to network with peers and colleagues.
Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically by Oct. 15 to email@example.com.
Symposium registration fee is $325, which includes meals and refreshments. The symposium welcomes the participation of graduate and undergraduate students in any related discipline as session presenters, reviewers or attendees. Students are welcome to attend the ABR Symposium at a reduced fee of $100. Faculty who sponsor students to attend and groups sending five or more participants from the same university will be charged a registration fee of only $275 per person.
Information: (479) 788-7774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAN Profiles on 07/14/2019
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