Conway Regional Medical Center and the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) are giving Faulkner County residents the opportunity to donate blood and help replenish the decreased supply in the region due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

John Patton, the hospital’s marketing coordinator said the need for blood has increased due to the hurricane and organizations including ABI are encouraging all available donors to help.

Patton said Vince Maniace with ABI said last week the organization shipped more than 300 units of red cells and 25 platelets to south Texas.

The blood drive will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 11 and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Conway Regional Auditorium on the medical center campus located at 2302 College Ave.

"The need for blood is constant to help treat patients for trauma, surgeries, burns, cancer and sickle cell disease, and Maniace [said] there is also a critical shortage of O-negative blood product," Patton said. "O-negative is the universal blood type which can be given to a patient with any blood type."

Donors are asked and encouraged to make appointments online at

For additional information, contact Maniace at

Donors can enter a drawing for one of four $25 Walmart gift cards. Donors will also receive a Hog Wild t-shirt.

The ABI is the provider for blood services at Conway Regional. The Oklahoma-based organization supplies blood to 34 other Arkansas hospitals and is the ninth largest non-profit blood center in the country.