Don’t Roam, Give Close to Home: Keep It Local With Arkansas Blood Institute

Arkansas Blood Institute is urging blood donors to “Keep It Local” by giving blood close to home.

July 1 through August 31, donors receive:

  • LITTLE ROCK and HOT SPRINGS AREA donors will receive a ticket for entry to the Little Rock Zoo.* 
  • FORT SMITH AREA donors will receive a voucher for two entries to Oklahoma City Zoo,* or some FORT SMITH AREA donors will get to choose a pass for two to Safari Joe’s H20 Water Park in Tulsa, formerly known as Big Splash.**
  • A free “Keep It Local” t-shirt featuring a the Little Rock Zoo’s new rhino or, for Fort Smith area donors, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s majestic bison.



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

As the region’s preferred blood provider, Arkansas Blood Institute relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities statewide.  Those with negative blood types are especially urged to give.  Blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

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

*Applies to regular zoo admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offer expires September 30, 2017 (Little Rock Zoo) or December 31, 2017 (OKC Zoo).

**Safari Joe’s vouchers good for two free water park admissions.  Vouchers are valid until end of 2017 swim season.  Must provide voucher, photo I.D. and proof of blood donation on voucher to redeem. Not valid for season pass upgrade or events outside of seasonal park hours.  Cannot be combined with other offers.

Bob Grant