Give Blood and Share Hope, Healing, and Comfort

What better way to kick off the new year than with a resolution to save more lives?  January is National Blood Donor Month, and Arkansas Blood Institute is urging all healthy adults, ages 16 and up, to take only about an hour of their time to give blood. 

November 24, 2017, through January 31, 2018, all Arkansas blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved t-shirt. 

January 2 through February 28, Central Arkansas donors (Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs and area blood drives) receive a complimentary adult admission to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock. 

“Some of our friends and neighbors are facing another year of difficult and life-threatening health challenges,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansas Blood Institute invites those who are healthy but have never given life-saving blood to help challenge themselves to donate blood.  And, since our current donors typically give only once or twice a year, we hope they are inspired to give as often as they can this year.”

Donors also receive health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store. 

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed.  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.

As a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 30 hospitals in Arkansas.

Blood donors can visit Arkansas Blood Institute’s donor centers in Fort Smith, Hot Springs, or Little Rock,, or stop by a mobile blood drive.  Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or by clicking here.

*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.


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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.



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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