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American Red Cross plans February blood drives

February is Black History Month, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, a black surgeon and blood specialist who became the first medical director of an American Red Cross blood bank in 1941, the Red Cross reminds all eligible donors how important it is that donors are as diverse as the patients who need their help. Drew’s pioneering work in blood collection and transfusion laid the foundation for modern blood banks.

All patients are matched by blood type and Rh factor prior to transfusion. For some patients, additional red cell markers in donated blood also have to be matched. These markers are determined by ethnicity and are best found in a diverse donor base. For more information and to make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Pulaski County

Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive in North Little Rock, Ark.

Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Feb. 20 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, 3333 Springhill Drive in North Little Rock, Ark.

Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Delta Dental Plan of Arkansas, 1513 Country Club in Sherwood.

Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Metro Medical Center, 1400 Braden Road in Jacksonville.

Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross Blood Center, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock.

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