Saving Lives Never Gets Old

January is National Blood Donor Month, and Arkansas Blood Institute is urging residents to start the new year by saving lives.

Arkansas Blood Institute encourages healthy adults age sixteen and older to set aside about an hour from their busy schedules in 2019 to give blood.  Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and one donation can save the lives of up to three patients.* 

January 1 through January 31, each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, long-sleeved t-shirt. 

As part of the nation’s 6th largest non-profit blood collector, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide. 

It takes nearly 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs. 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
Russellville

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.  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