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Blood drive held in honor of Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin

JONESBORO, Ark- People across the region came together today to help save lives.

All in honor of outgoing Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.

Numerous people showed up today to donate blood and show their support in honor of Mayor Perrin who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

With blood donations at an all-time low, the need has skyrocketed since the pandemic.

“It’s just something we can do for the mayor. This man has given a lot to the city in the time he served on city council and as the mayor and just a way to show support for him and what he’s done for the city. But, more importantly, to give back to those in the community that’s in need of blood this time of year,” says Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott.

The blood drive, being put on by the American Red Cross took place today from 1 to 6 p.m. at the St. Bernards auditorium in Jonesboro.

With almost thirty people showing up to donate just during the first hour.

Mayor Perrin, who served has been in the position for 12 years was diagnosed with bladder cancer this summer and announced he would not seek re-election in July due to the diagnosis.

He recently received his last round of chemotherapy treatment and is now in remission.

American Red Cross Area Representative, Jerrica Fox says blood donations are vital right now.

“He [Perrin] has been going cancer treatments, and what a lot of people don’t know is that many cancer patients receive blood and plantlet transfusions. The need for blood is needed now more than ever. We are in a critical need period. We thought what better way to recognize him and his service to the community than to host a blood drive in his honor,” says Fox.

If you missed todays, blood drive but would like to donate, the red cross will host another blood drive at the St. Bernards auditorium again this Wednesday and Thursday.


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