Fingers Crossed for 2021

As Arkansans celebrate the holidays and wrap up the year, Oklahoma Blood Institute has its “fingers crossed” for 2021! November 23 through January 31, blood donors will receive a free, long-sleeved “2021 Fingers Crossed” t-shirt.

“Arkansans have really done their part throughout 2020 to ensure the local blood supply despite the numerous challenges this year has dealt our community, and we thank them for their selflessness,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We urge you to take just an hour out of your busy schedule to give the precious gift of life—and offer families hope, healing and comfort this holiday season.” 

All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors.* 

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments are encouraged for social distancing, and 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
Russellville

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


*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.  Donors ages 16 or 17-years old need parental consent to be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and are not eligible to donate convalescent plasma. This test has not been FDA cleared or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. The test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Test results will be made available post-donation.

Bob Grant