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Benton, Bryant donate 750 pints in Salt Bowl blood drives

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The Red Cross received 279 blood donations in Bryant and Benton at the third annual Salt Bowl blood drives on Sept. 4-5.

Including this year’s donation totals, more than 750 pints of blood have been donated during the Salt Bowl blood drives.

Benton High School has been dubbed the winner of the Salt Bowl blood drives battle for 2013.

“We feel like everyone is a winner,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater-Ozarks Arkansas Blood Services Region. “The donations from the Salt Bowl competition will help save lives, and every person who took time to try and donate made a difference in the lives of patients. We think that’s the biggest reward.”

The Red Cross will present Benton High School with a winner’s trophy during the school’s pep rally prior to the Sept. 27 Salt Bowl football game.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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