Summer Vibes & Saving Lives

Help save the lives of local patients by donating blood this summer!

May 1 through May 31, Arkansas Blood Institute donors will receive a trendy “Summer Vibes” t-shirt and a voucher for one free entry to Wild River Country.

Fort Smith-area donors only will receive their choice of voucher for free admission to either Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City (1 entry) or Safari Joe’s H2O Water & Adventure Park in Tulsa (2 entries). 

Please note: You will not be able to redeem your voucher on the same day as your donation. Please allow up to 48 hours for your donation to be entered into our system. You must set up your donor profile at yourbloodinstitute.org with a valid email to receive your voucher.

“Summer is a particularly challenging time for the blood supply,” said John Armitage, M.D., Arkansas Blood Institute president and CEO. “People go out of town, and are busy with activities, and get out of their normal routine of giving blood.  We encourage healthy adults to spare just an hour of their time to save the lives of their neighbors.”

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Blood donation takes just about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. 

Donors also receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Arkansas Blood Institute’s online store.  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.

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. 

*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