Rise Up & Give

Arkansas Blood Institute is encouraging donors to rise up and give! Blood donors will receive a free, limited edition t-shirt.

February 1 through March 14, all donors will also receive a free pass to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

“Nearly a year of the COVID-19 pandemic has put incredible strain on the blood supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Whether they’re fighting cancer or a blood disorder, or overcoming trauma, patients in our community hospitals depend on blood every day. COVID-19 patients in intensive care are also counting on convalescent plasma—which can only be provided by those who have recovered from the virus or who test positive for the antibodies. Patients are the reason we’re asking anyone and everyone who is able to donate blood or plasma to ‘rise up and give’ as often as they can.” 

Individuals aged sixteen and up are urged to give blood.

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Masks are required. Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments are encouraged for social distancing, and can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777, or clicking here to find a blood drive near you.

Or you can stop by one of our donor centers in:

Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville

All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.*

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma. Call 888-308-3924 or email coviddonor@obi.org to make an appointment.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required.  Donors ages 16 or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

WINTER ALERT: Arkansas Blood Institute is Experiencing a Blood Emergency

Blood Emergency Heroes Will Be Entered for $2,000 Daily Prize!

February 11 (Little Rock) - Arkansas Blood Institute is in dire need of blood donors immediately. Winter weather severely impacted a blood supply already severely strained by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find a location & make your appointment.

Eligibility: Can I Donate? You can donate blood or platelets after receiving the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine with no waiting period.

Blood Emergency Heroes who give blood through Feb. 28 will be entered into a daily drawing for a $2,000 prize, in the form of either a gift card or a vacation provided by fundraisingcruises.org. One system-wide winner will be drawn each day.

In addition, all blood donors who give through Feb. 22 will be entered for a chance to win a brand-new car from Bob Moore Auto Group! The car winner will be announced at a later date.

Donors of all blood types are urged to give at their nearest donor center or mobile blood drive.

“It’s hard to underscore how damaging the one-two punch of COVID and ongoing winter weather has been. It’s unprecedented,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777, or clicking here to find a blood drive near you.

Or you can stop by one of our donor centers in:

Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville

All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.*

Throughout the week of Feb. 15-19, you also have an opportunity to ShareThanks® with community heroes who helped during this winter weather! Your hero has a chance to win a $1,000 VISA gift card just because of your nomination and appreciation! Please download the ShareThanks® app on your cell phone and look for the Blood Emergency Heroes campaign to send a message of gratitude to your hero or heroes.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required.  Donors ages 16 or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

   

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Growing Together: Renew Life 2021

Growing together, saving lives together. We need you to save lives before Spring Break by donating blood!  Arkansas Blood Institute is partnering with Oklahoma Forestry Services to Renew Life.  Give blood at your nearest donor center Thur., March 11 or Fri., March 12.

Each donor will receive:

  • a Redbud Seedling while supplies last
  • a FREE, limited edition “Rise Up & Give” t-shirt!

All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.*

Those who have recovered from COVID-19 may be eligible to donate convalescent plasma. Call 888-308-3924 or email coviddonor@obi.org to make an appointment.

Click on the location below to schedule your donation:

Thursday, March 11

Fort Smith Donor Center, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5300 South U Street
Fort Smith Platelet Donors - Click Here

Little Rock Donor Center, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
101 S. Shackleford Rd.
Little Rock Platelet Donors - Click Here

Russellville Donor Center, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1003 W. Main
Russellville Platelet Donors - Click Here

Friday, March 12

Fort Smith Donor Center, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5300 South U Street
Fort Smith Platelet Donors - Click Here

Hot Springs Donor Center, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
149 Section Line Road, Suite G
Fort Smith Platelet Donors - Click Here

Little Rock Donor Center, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
101 S. Shackleford Rd.
Little Rock Platelet Donors - Click Here

North Little Rock Donor Center, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd
North Little Rock Platelet Donors - Click Here

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Masks are required. Oklahoma Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.


Photo ID Required to give blood. *16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required.  Donors ages 16 or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

GIVE BLOOD AND RENEW LIFE!

FEEL GOOD. GIVE GLOBALLY.

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Global Blood Fund Earth BallDonate now and support Global Blood Fund.  Just forgo your donor recognition item offered in appreciation for your donation.  In turn, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to support Global Blood Fund. 

In this way, donors can doubly give - both by donating life-saving blood used locally, and by assisting blood centers in developing countries with supplies.

Support has been provided to blood centers in countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Mexico, Japan, Georgia and Armenia.

 

FEEL ESSENTIAL. GIVE BLOOD.

It is critical that O-negative donors donate regularly since only 9% of the population has this blood type, and can only receive this same blood type.

Having O-negative blood available is vital because it can be used by any person in the 40 medical facilities we serve who may be in urgent need but whose blood type hasn’t yet been identified.

Imagine if a family member, friend or co-worker was in urgent need of blood. Donating every 56 days, and encouraging others with O-negative blood type to do the same, ensures your loved ones would receive the life-saving blood when they need it.

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