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. Arkansas Blood Institute is proud to partner with Magic Springs, Arkansas’ only Theme and Water Park.

May 1 through June 30, each blood donor will receive:

  • A ticket for entry to Magic Springs theme and water park.*
  • OR, from May 17 through Aug. 31, most FORT SMITH AREA donors will receive a voucher for two entries to Oklahoma City Zoo.**
  • A free “Keep It Local” t-shirt featuring a unique bison design.


“There is no substitute for blood for patients who need life-sustaining treatments,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, Executive Director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Donors who give in Arkansas can be sure that their blood donations will save the lives of their fellow Arkansans.”

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

*Magic Springs ticket good for one admission during normal business hours May through October, 2017. No cash value. Visit magicsprings.com for additional discounts.

**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 December 31, 2017.

Bob Grant