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Charleston Community Hosts Summer Blood Drive – August 26

There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in the hometown hospitals served by Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). It’s only available due to those who selflessly take the time to give. Charleston’s blood drive Monday, Aug. 26, provides that opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old*. It will occur at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1 to 6 p.m.

Two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a summer T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in ABI’s online store, are also provided to donors.

“Everyone knows someone who’s needed blood. It impacts all ages of people and often arises unexpectedly as a result of accident or illness,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO. “Whether we know them or not, there are people now who are counting on us to give.”

Arkansas Blood Institute is a non-profit blood center, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in 20 medical facilities across Arkansas, including Mercy Hospital Ozark.

Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.

Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling Betty Ewing at 479-965-2632 or visiting