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AETN to host blood drive July 28 benefiting Arkansas Blood Institute

Posted 21 Jul 2016

The Arkansas Educational Television Network, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, will host a community blood drive with Arkansas Blood Institute Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors will receive one free gate admission to Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, Arkansas Blood Institute's summer partner, and a T-shirt.

Healthy individuals age 16 or older may donate. Anyone under age 18 must weigh at least 125 pounds, and 16-year-olds must provide signed parental permission. Anyone age 18 or older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

All blood types are needed, and those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, individuals with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation when a patient's blood type has not yet been identified.

Appointments are not necessary but can be made by calling Jennifer Killough at 800-662-2386.

The Arkansas Blood Institute supplies blood for patients in 25 Arkansas hospitals.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).