As many prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and look ahead at a busy holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors across the country to harness their humanity by giving blood in the coming weeks.

As a result of low blood donor turnout in recent months, the Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year. The ongoing effects of COVID-19 and a summer spike in delta variant cases significantly challenged the nation’s blood supply heading into the fall. The pandemic also resulted in fewer blood drives at schools and colleges, contributing to a 34 percent drop in new blood donors from last year – one of the largest year-to-year decreases and one that could threaten essential medical care for patients. Locally, the Missouri and Arkansas Red Cross Region has experienced a 13.4 percent decrease in new blood donors this year.

Make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, all those who give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a private screening for the winner and 50 of their guests of the epic new film The Matrix Resurrections. Plus, those who give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will also get a $10 Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon.

Those who share the warmth and make a blood donation part of their Thanksgiving plans Nov. 24-28 will receive an exclusive pair of Red Cross holiday socks, while supplies last.

Here are area upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 22-Dec. 16:

Clay County

Dec. 1: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Corning High School, 500 Bobcat Lane, in Corning

Craighead County

Nov. 24: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Earl Bell Community Center, 1212 S. Church, Jonesboro

Dec. 10: Noon-5 p.m., Valley View Church of Christ, 4500 Southwest Drive, in Jonesboro

Dec. 15: Noon-4 p.m., Ritter Communications, 2400 Ritter Drive, in Jonesboro

Dec. 17: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James St., in Jonesboro

Dec. 21: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, 4800 East Johnson, in Jonesboro

Cross County

Dec. 10: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wynne High School, 800 East Jackson in Wynne

Dec. 16: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Church of Christ, 916 Bridges in Wynne

Greene County

Nov. 24: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., City of Paragould, 3307 Reynolds Park Road, in Paragould

Nov. 30: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Browns Chapel Baptist Church, 3800 S. Rockingchair Road in Paragould

Dec. 2: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Road in Paragould

Dec. 6: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Greene County Tech Junior High, 5201 West Kingshighway in Paragould

Dec. 9: Noon-5 p.m., Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 900 West Kingshighway in Paragould

Lawrence County

Dec. 20: Noon-5 p.m., Hoxie New Life Cathedral, 809 SW Broad St., in Hoxie

Dec. 9: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Walnut in Walnut Ridge

Mississippi County

Dec. 8: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Great River Medical Center Leaders Save Lives, 1520 North Division St., in Blytheville

Dec. 23: Noon-4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 715 West Walnut in Blytheville

Dec. 20: 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce, 116 North Maple St., in Osceola

Randolph County

Nov. 30: 11/30/2021: 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sutton Free Will Baptist Church, 5421 US-62 in Pocahontas

Dec. 14: 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Church of God of Prophecy, 3128 State Highway 115 N. in Pocahontas

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