Local Notes: Wanted Blood Donors


Fort Smith Library

The Fort Smith Public Library will be hosting a week of holiday cheer from December 12-18 at all library locations. Activities for kids, teens and adults will include take-out scratch ornaments, sock snowman crafts, virtual Grinch story time with a take-out Grinchy Goody bag, Christmas origami crafts and Pinecone (Virtual), a Holiday Scavenger Hunt, Santa’s Countdown Chain Crafts, DIY Holiday Bookmarks Kit, Holiday Movie-Palooza, and more.

Bring one non-perishable food (or more) for the annual holiday food drive when you visit.

Hours and activities vary at each location. For more information and library hours and locations, visit the library’s website.

Information: fortsmithlibrary.org.

Baptiste Health

Baptist Health Community Outreach invites Arkansans to join virtual health classes scheduled for December. The courses, accessible via Google Meet, are:

• Practice Get up and move on December 9, 10 am to 10:30 am

• a demonstration of healthy dishes for the holidays on December 15, from 10:30 am to 11:00 am

• Safe Sleep on December 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• Diabetes support group on December 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

A complete schedule with details on the topic of the course can be found on the Baptist Health Community Outreach website and Facebook page in the “Events” section.

For further information: (501) 202-1540 or at baptist-health.com/community-outreach.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas has announced the following course:

• December 13: Fayetteville Solar, $ 25 members, $ 40. Fayetteville plans to power all of the city’s operations with 100% clean energy by 2030. The city’s environmental director will discuss this plan and other clean energy projects on the horizon.

Information: (479) 575-4545.

Hope Cancer

Hope Cancer Resources’ Wellness Center for Hope offers yoga, meditation and fitness classes for cancer patients and in-person caregivers, via Zoom and YouTube.

Their team of counselors and social workers supports cancer patients and their families every day with a focus on emotional health, no matter what.

A certified tobacco treatment specialist is available to help those looking to quit smoking with nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.

Those in need of medical supplies, liquid foods, or durable medical equipment, such as shower chairs or walkers, are urged to reach out. Donations of new or lightly used items are also accepted.

Information: (479) 361-5847 or hopecancerresources.org.


The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, a provider of blood and plasma to patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, is giving vacations to five lucky blood donors during the raffle on planes, trains and automobiles. Each week in December, a winner will be selected to receive their choice of either a $ 1,000 gas card or a $ 1,000 travel voucher for air or train travel. Successful blood donors will also receive a brown long-sleeved T-shirt perfect for cold winter days.

CBCO donors provide all blood to patients at Mercy Hospital in Berryville as well as dozens of healthcare facilities across the Ozarks. Residents of the Berryville area will have the opportunity to donate at the following location: Southern Heights Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Arkansas 279 South in Berryville, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on December 16.

Information: cbco.org/donate-blood.

Red Cross

Almost two years after the start of the pandemic, everyone has earned a vacation with family and friends. But as the nation comes together for the celebrations again this season, the American Red Cross, which provides 40% of the nation’s blood, faces historically low blood supply levels.

To encourage donors, all those who come to give from December 17 through Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long sleeve t-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

• Bella Vista: 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm December 23, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1 Lambeth Drive; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. December 27, Bella Vista Police and Fire Department, 105 Town Center W.

• Bentonville: 11 am to 5 pm December 12, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 McCollum Road; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 20, 5G Consulting, 905 McClain Drive; 1 to 5 p.m. December 27, Harps Food Store, 1209 North Walton Blvd.

• Rogers: 9 am to 1 pm December 16, Pinnacle Country Club, 3 S. Clubhouse Drive; 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Rogers First Baptist Church, 3364 W. Pleasant Grove Road; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. December 28, Rogers Convention Center, 3303 S. Pinnacle Hills Parkway

• Sources Siloam: 10 am to 3 pm December 29, Simmons Prepared Foods, 601 N. Hico

Fayetteville: 9 am to 2 pm December 20, Central United Methodist Church / Central Activities Center, 6 W. Dickson St.; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. December 20, Colton’s Restaurant, 642 E. Millsap Drive; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. December 22, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.

Information: redcrossblood.org or (800) 733-2767.


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