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Tornado Relief and Blood Drive at the Capitol

Date: 4/29/2014

(April 29, 2014) LITTLE ROCK, AR –Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin and his staff are collecting donations and hosting an annual blood drive to help those affected by the tornadoes that devastated Arkansas counties April 27. “Our prayers go out to our families and friends that are suffering from losing their loved ones and property. We are standing by, ready to help in any way possible,” said Martin.

Secretary Martin hosts an annual blood drive every year, but this year the blood donations will be used to help ensure all blood given to those injured from the tornadoes will be replaced on hospital shelves. According to the Red Cross, several units of type 0 negative blood and 40 units of plasma were used to help treat the injured. “We want to help put that back in the blood bank supply to help save lives when unbearable tragedies like this happen,” Secretary Martin said.

If you would like to donate blood May 7 please contact Susan Carter at 501-682-3042.

To help the over 200 people displaced by the April 27 tornadoes, you can donate items such as canned goods, batteries, toys and clothes. Donation boxes will be placed in several locations around the Capitol until May 19.

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