COVID-19: Scheduled Blood Drives

Blood donation can’t wait. Blood donation is safe and critically important, despite concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). Arkansas Blood Institute is, as always, committed to safety for our donors, patients, and communities, and we urge you to keep your scheduled appointments and continue to donate blood.

More information on COVID-19 & the importance of blood donation during these difficult times.

Arkansas Blood Institute’s donor centers and mobile blood drives have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. In addition, donor centers and mobile blood drives are being adapted to allow for social distancing. All staff and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility, to ensure only healthy individuals are present. We are limiting the number of donors in the donor area, to allow for social distancing. If the donor area is full, please give us your cell phone number and we will call you when you’re ready to enter.

Appointments are encouraged, or you may also visit a donor center.

Note that appointments may fill up or that a drive may be cancelled with little notice. You can also call 877-340-8777 to make an appointment.

Look at the list below to find a blood drive near you, and click the link to make an appointment. Drives are listed by the nearest center location that serves each specific area.

Monday, March 30

Fort Smith
Charleston Community, 12:30:00 PM-5:30:00 PM
Little Rock
Conway Regional Medical Center, 10:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM
New Life Church-Pine Bluff, 12:00:00 PM-5:00:00 PM
Walgreens Conway, 1:00:00 PM-6:30:00 PM

Tuesday, March 31
Fort Smith
Redbird Health Clinic, 10:00:00 AM-2:00:00 PM
Dover Community, 12:30:00 PM-5:30:00 PM
Little Rock
Conway Regional Medical Center, 7:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM
MEMS, 9:00:00 AM-2:00:00 PM

Wednesday, April 1
Fort Smith
Coal Hill VFW, 2:00:00 PM-6:30:00 PM
Little Rock
Micro Blood Drive-Searcy, 1:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM
Monticello Community, 9:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM
Micro Blood Drive - Lowe’s - Bryant , 12:00:00 PM-5:00:00 PM

Thursday, April 2
Fort Smith
Paris Community, 1:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM
Little Rock
Micro Blood Drive-Batesville, 2:00:00 PM-6:30:00 PM
Micro Blood Drive - Jacksonville, 9:00:00 AM -2:00:00 PM
Micro Blood Drive - Walmart Malvern, 1:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM

Friday, April 3
Fort Smith
Walmart Sallisaw, 1:30:00 PM-5:30:00 PM
Little Rock
Mean Pig BBQ, 10:00:00 AM-1:30:00 PM
Walmart Central, 12:30:00 PM-5:00:00 PM
Micro Blood Drive – Conway Regional, 9:00:00 AM-3:00:00 PM

Saturday, April 4
Fort Smith
Walmart Poteau, 9:00:00 AM-2:00:00 PM
Walmart Booneville,9:30:00 AM-2:30:00 PM
Little Rock
Saline County Farm Bureau, 10:00:00 AM-2:00:00 PM

Additional drives coming soon!

Be a Friend! Give Blood.

Be a friend and give blood with Arkansas Blood Institute!

Blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, t-shirt inspired by the hit sitcom “Friends” when they give blood starting now through April 30.*

“Voluntary blood donation is one of the most selfless acts someone can do—being a friend to a stranger and giving hope, healing and comfort during a life-threatening health crisis,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We encourage healthy adults, age sixteen and older, to ‘be there’ for others in our community by giving blood.”

Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed. One blood donation only takes about an hour and saves up to three patients’ lives. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here to search for blood drives in your area or calling (877) 340-8777.

Or you can stop by one of our donor centers in:
Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock

*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 to give blood.


Schedule an appointment!

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.



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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