Follow Your Instinct. Save Lives.

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the importance of generosity and kindness.  That’s why Arkansas Blood Institute is urging you to follow your giving instinct and save lives.

Arkansas Blood Institute encourages healthy adults age sixteen and older to set aside about an hour from their busy schedules to give blood, to ensure that enough blood is available for area hospitals through the holidays.* 

November 22, 2019 through January 31, 2020, each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved t-shirt featuring a polar bear. 

Arkansas Blood Institute currently needs donors of all blood types, but particularly O-negative blood donors.  O-negative is the universal blood type, and can be given to any patient, regardless of blood type, in an emergency. 

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

“Patients facing trauma, surgery, and those battling cancer or other life-threatening conditions, depend on blood so that they can spend precious time with their families,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “We’re blessed to be surrounded by giving people who respond when there is a need.  Few gifts have more impact than the gift of hope, healing, and comfort for local patients and their loved ones.”

One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply for more than 40 hospitals statewide must be constantly renewed.  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.

Bob Grant