June 12, 2019 – Lavaca’s first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with Arkansas Blood Institute. Those who give at the Boots & Badges blood drive on Thursday, June 20, will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that firefighters and law enforcement officers rescue.
Anyone 16 years
or older* is urged to stop by Lavaca First Baptist Church between 1 and 6
p.m. All donors will receive special-edition Boots & Badges T-shirts
and a voucher for one free admission to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park. By
giving blood at this drive, donors will show their support for the firefighters
and law enforcement officers who save lives in their community.
blood types are needed, donors with O-negative blood are particularly urged to
give. Only seven percent of the population has this blood type, but it is
the ‘universal type’ and can be used in an emergency when a patient’s blood
type is not known.
“Lavaca first responders see the daily
need for blood first-hand when the people they rescue require life-saving
treatment,” said John Armitage, M.D., President & CEO of Arkansas Blood
Institute. “We can’t say enough about the service our police officers and
firefighters provide, and we owe it to them to do our part in making sure blood
is available in emergency situations.”
Appointments for the blood drive may be
made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org.
16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17
year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110