Blood drive scheduled in Monette

Thursday, September 12, 2002

MONETTE -In an effort to remember those affected by September 11, 2001, CenturyTel will host a blood drive conducted by the American Red Cross September 10, 2002.

The event will take place between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Skip Layne, CenturyTel's area operations manager said, "We want to do something locally to give the people of the Buffalo Island Area a chance to honor the victims of the September 11th tragedy and ensure a healthy blood supply for our region of the country."

The blood drive will at CenturyTel's location, one block North of Highway 18 on Caruthers, across from Heritage Bank in Monette.

"Americans nationwide have donated blood since September 11 to ensure a

sustained and secure blood supply for all Americans," said Bob Draper, donor resources and development supervisor for the Greater Ozarks Region of the Red Cross in Jonesboro. "Together with the Red Cross, these blood heroes are ensuring that the safest possible blood is readily available whenever and wherever needed," added Draper. Draper says there is a constant need in our region for type O' negative and O' positive blood.

According to the American Red Cross, to give blood, you must be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. The American Red Cross says donating blood is a safe opportunity to give the Gift of Life.

Each needle used in the procedure is sterile and is disposed of after

a single use. It is important that all blood donors are in good health, are well rested and have eaten prior to donating. People in good health who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate a unit of blood as often as every eight weeks.

If you would like more information about the blood drive on September 10, contact Marsha Chambers at (870) 486-2898. For more information about the American Red Cross, visit their Website at

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