The Paris Volunteer Fire Department and the Paris Police Department are asking all area residents to come to the Guns ‘N Hoses blood drive with Arkansas Blood Institute Thursday from 1 p..m. to 6:30 p.m. at Paris First United Methodist Church.

For each donor, Tracey Fortenberry’s (diagnosed with leukemia) family will receive credit for fees associated with her blood transfusion.

To fuel a little healthy competition, donors will choose which department to support by donating on behalf of the police department or the fire department.

Not only will each blood donor save up to three lives by giving, each will also receive this year’s Guns ‘N Hoses t-shirt.

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age can donate and donations can be made every 56 days. Sixteen-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission, 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and 18-year-olds and up must weigh at least 110 pounds

Patients in 21 hospitals across western and south central Arkansas rely solely on blood donors with Arkansas Blood Institute in their battles for life.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting