Saving Lives Never Gets Old

January is National Blood Donor Month, and Arkansas Blood Institute is urging residents to start the new year by saving lives.

Arkansas Blood Institute encourages healthy adults age sixteen and older to set aside about an hour from their busy schedules in 2019 to give blood.  Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and one donation can save the lives of up to three patients.* 

January 1 through January 31, each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved t-shirt. 

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
Russellville

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

*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.

Give Blood, Get a Free Entry To Museum of Discovery

Arkansas Blood Institute is urging all healthy adults, ages 16 and up, to take only about an hour of their time to give blood.  As an added incentive, Museum of Discovery is teaming up with Arkansas Blood Institute to encourage residents to give the gift of life in 2019.

January 2 through February 28, Central Arkansas donors (Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs and Russellville donor centers 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.”

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

As a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals in Arkansas.

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:
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville

*No cash value.  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.

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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