Give Blood, Go “Hog Wild” This Fall

Arkansas Blood Institute is kicking off football season with this season’s new “Hog Wild” t-shirt, free for blood donors!  These limited edition t-shirts will be available throughout the fall.

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years old* or older can make a life-saving difference for their fellow Arkansans by giving blood. 

“It’s obvious that we love our football here in Arkansas,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, Executive Director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “But saving the lives of our neighbors and friends through blood donation is what really defines the spirit of our community.”

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

As the region’s leading blood provider, Arkansas Blood Institute relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities statewide, including all major hospitals in Central Arkansas.  There is no substitute for blood, and the donation process takes about an hour.  Blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for gift cards and apparel in Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store, are also provided to donors.  If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping secure supplies and bloodmobiles for blood centers in developing countries.

*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


Cumulus Blood Drive

Blood donors can go Hog Wild at the Cumulus Media Blood Drive!
Tuesday, November 19, 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. at Arkansas Blood Institute’s Little Rock Donor Center, at the corner of Markham and Shackleford.

Please call 1-877-340-8777 or make an appointment online.  Walk-ins are welcome.*

    All donors will receive:
  • A special edition Hog Wild t-shirt
  • A pint of Blue Bell ice cream!
  • Free food and refreshments
  • Chips & queso from Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • A chance to win one of two $25 gift cards courtesy of TruService Community Federal Credit Union
  • Cumulus radio station swag

Cumulus radio personalities will be broadcasting live at the drive throughout the day!

Saving the Lives of Arkansans!

*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


Official Rules



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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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