Mansfield Elementary is partnering with Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) to ask all area residents to give blood. Thursday, March 6, 2 to 6 p.m., in the Cafeteria. Those who are healthy and 16 years* or older can typically donate.

"Someone needs blood every two seconds, and since blood can only be used for 42 days, we constantly need people to donate," said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. "This ongoing need is why we are asking area residents to come to this blood drive and give."

By donating blood, donors can feel good about helping to save someone else’s life. Each blood donor at the drive will receive a "Feel Like a Super Hero" water bottle, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points. The water bottle can be given to the Mansfield Elementary student who encouraged the donor to give blood.

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to AABB, those 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, regardless of type.

Donors with Arkansas Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in all 21 medical facilities in south central and western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information or to make an appointment, call Georgia Alexander 479-928-4190, or visit

* 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 pounds.