Gone Savin’ Lives!

Arkansas Blood Institute knows this summer will be different, and it may be a time for stay-cations or camping trips. Arkansas Blood Institute needs donors to help rebuild the blood supply in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and is urging healthy adults to take some time to save lives this summer.

Donors will receive a free summer camper t-shirt and one free entry voucher to Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs, to be redeemed at yourbloodinstitute.org.

Free COVID-19 antibody screening will be offered to donors eighteen and older.*

“The COVID-19 pandemic led to a record number of blood drive cancellations in recent months,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Because the need for blood is constant, and increases during the summer, local patients are counting on our heroic donors more than ever.”

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 have been adapted to allow for social distancing. Staff members and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility.

All phlebotomy staff will wear masks and donors are also required to wear masks. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.

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. Must be 18 or older to receive antibody test. This test has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.

*You must have a valid blood donation between June 1 - July 31, 2020, to receive a voucher. IMPORTANT: DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION MAY BE AFFECTED BY COVID-19. Entry voucher not valid for special events or park exclusives. Voucher has NO CASH VALUE. Please check magicsprings.com for dates and hours of operation.

KATV Channel 7/Sinclair Cares: Roll Up Your Sleeves

Sinclair Cares! Give blood with KATV Channel 7.

With no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, Arkansas Blood Institute urgently needs your help to donate blood. You can help save lives.

KATV Channel 7, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, has partnered with Arkansas Blood Institute, for the Sinclair Cares: Roll Up Your Sleeves campaign. Together, we can help prevent a blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures & patient treatments that were paused this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re healthy and feeling well, please schedule your next blood donation in the days and weeks ahead. All donors 18 and older will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test.*

Call 877-340-8777 to schedule your donation or book online.

Find a blood drive near you or schedule your blood donation today at one of these donor centers:
Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville
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If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 or had a positive antibody test, you may qualify to donate convalescent plasma. Sign up for the convalescent plasma registry.

  • Arkansas Blood Institute will follow CDC Guidelines during all blood drives
  • Appointments are needed to participate to help ensure social distancing
  • All Arkansas Blood Institute staff will wear face masks
  • All donors will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided if needed.
  • Temperatures will be taken of all donors and staff before entering the blood drive

*To donate 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. Must be 18 or older to receive antibody test. This test has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19.

37th Annual M*A*S*H Bash Blood Drive!

Give blood at the 37th Annual M*A*S*H Bash and get your collectors’ shirt!

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, July 17

Hot Springs Mall
4501 Central Ave, Mall Lobby near Sears

Click here to make your appointment now!


Each donor receives FREE:

  • A commemorative collector’s edition M*A*S*H Bash T-shirt – available while supplies last
  • Collectible dog tag and squeezie toy grenade
  • A voucher for one entry to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park
  • Free COVID-19 antibody test for donors 18+*
  • Chance to win $100 VISA gift card
  • Health screenings
  • Masks required for all donors. Masks will be provided if needed. PHOTO ID REQUIRED. 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. *This test has not been reviewed by the FDA and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19. Must be 18 or older to receive test.

    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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