Summer Vibes & Saving Lives

Help save the lives of local patients by donating blood this summer!

July 1 through August 31, Arkansas Blood Institute donors in LITTLE ROCK, HOT SPRINGS, and RUSSELLVILLE areas will receive a trendy “Summer Vibes” t-shirt and a voucher for one free entry to the Little Rock Zoo.  This will be a paper voucher.

FORT SMITH area donors will receive a trendy “Summer Vibes” t-shirt and a voucher for free admission to their choice of Frontier City Theme Park (1 entry) or Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City (1 entry) or Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa (2 entries).  Please note: You will not be able to redeem your voucher on the same day as your donation. Please allow up to 48 hours for your donation to be entered into our system. You must set up your donor profile at with a valid email to receive your voucher.  Frontier City vouchers not valid on Saturdays in July & August.

“Summer is a particularly challenging time for the blood supply,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, executive director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “People go out of town, and are busy with activities, and get out of their normal routine of giving blood. We encourage healthy adults to spare just an hour of their time to save the lives of their neighbors. With these amazing summer partners, it just feels good to give back to those who volunteer their time to save local lives.”

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Blood donation takes just about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. 

Donors also receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store.  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 part of the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood collector, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide. 

It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. 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

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. 

*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.




36th Annual M*A*S*H Bash Blood Drive!

Give blood at the 36th Annual M*A*S*H Bash and get your collectors’ shirt!

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, July 19

Hot Springs Mall
4501 Central Ave
KLAZ Broadcasting live!
Click here to make your appointment now!

Each donor receives FREE:

  • A commemorative collector’s edition 36th Annual M*A*S*H Bash T-shirt – available while supplies last
  • Collectible dog tag and squeezie toy grenade
  • A hot dog or hamburger, drink & chips
  • A voucher for one entry to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park
  • Chance to win $100 gift card
  • Health screenings

    * 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.


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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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