Non Donor Testing Event Sites

If you can’t or don’t donate blood, you can still get tested for COVID-19 antibodies at one of the following events by having tubes drawn. Appointments cannot be made for this option. First time blood donors and non-donors who receive testing at these events are eligible for a $5 gift card. Please call 888-308-3924 with questions.

    Wednesday, January 27
  • UAFS, Smith Pendergraft Center, 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, 10:30 a.m.-  3:30 p.m.
    Thursday, January 28
  • UAFS, Smith Pendergraft Center, 5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, 10:30 a.m.-  3:30 p.m.
    Friday, January 29
  • Hot Springs Mall, 4501 Central Ave in front of Dillards, 12 p.m.-  6 p.m.
  • Central Mall, 5111 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, 1 p.m.-  6 p.m.

All events will be managed according to CDC guidelines. Masks 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.

Fingers Crossed for 2021

As Arkansans celebrate the holidays and wrap up the year, Oklahoma Blood Institute has its “fingers crossed” for 2021! November 23 through January 31, blood donors will receive a free, long-sleeved “2021 Fingers Crossed” t-shirt.

Starting January 1 (thru Jan. 31), all donors will also receive a free pass to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

“Arkansans have really done their part throughout 2020 to ensure the local blood supply despite the numerous challenges this year has dealt our community, and we thank them for their selflessness,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We urge you to take just an hour out of your busy schedule to give the precious gift of life—and offer families hope, healing and comfort this holiday season.” 

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

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. 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

If you or someone you know has recovered from COVID-19, we encourage you to sign up for the convalescent plasma registry.


*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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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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