(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
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.