Blood Unites Us

Donate to Help Arkansas Rise & Recover

Blood donors embody the best of who we are, giving selflessly so the state can rise and recover together.

COVID-19 has taken a tremendous toll on the blood supply. In fact, this pandemic has proven to be the greatest challenge to Arkansas’ blood supply that Arkansas Blood Institute has ever seen. As hospitals move forward with more surgeries and critical treatments, Arkansas Blood Institute has an immediate need for eligible blood donors. Children with cancer can’t wait for treatment. Trauma patients can’t wait for a transfusion.

Healthy donors are urged to give blood, and appointments are strongly encouraged to allow for recommended social distancing.

Donors will receive a free t-shirt and, for FORT SMITH-metro areas only, their choice of one free entry voucher to Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City or two free entry vouchers to Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa, to be redeemed at*.

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Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments 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

If you or someone you know has recovered from COVID-19, we encourage you to sign up for the convalescent plasma registry.

“We must ensure a robust blood supply as hospitals prepare for more surgeries, treatments, and procedures,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Arkansans have built a legacy of rising together in times of hardship. We are so grateful to our blood drive coordinators, community partners and health care professionals who encourage blood donation. Our donors represent the best of humanity—providing hope, healing, and comfort to communities recovering in crisis.”

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. All phlebotomy staff will wear masks. Staff members and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility, to ensure only healthy individuals are present.

Information about COVID-19 procedures can be found here.

Arkansas Blood Institute is following recommendations and guidelines set forth by the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks). Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports no cases of COVID-19 transmitted through blood transfusion, and respiratory viruses generally are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion.

Arkansas Blood Institute supports the inventory for patients in more than 40 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.  

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 to give blood.

*You must have a valid blood donation between May 1 - Aug. 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 or for dates and hours of operation.


Bob Grant