Arkansas Blood Institute Donors Receive Free Pass to the Little Rock Zoo

Let the adventure begin when you donate blood with Arkansas Blood Institute this summer!

  • July 1 through August 31, central Arkansas blood donors including Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs and Russellville area donors will receive a voucher for one free admission to the Little Rock Zoo.*
  • Donors will also receive a free, limited edition “Let the Adventure Begin” t-shirt. 

“This summer has been a particularly challenging time for blood collections, and we are in need of generous donors to be heroes for local patients,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “It only takes about an hour to donate, but the gift of blood is priceless for those who depend on it.”

Arkansas Blood Institute is proud to partner once again with the Little Rock Zoo.  Since 1926, the Little Rock Zoo has been connecting Arkansans with nature, learning and conservation.  The Little Rock Zoo features nearly 700 animals representing more than 200 species, many on the endangered list, including Trudy the Gorilla.  The Zoo is one of Arkansas’ greatest educational and conservation resources.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.  However, only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. 

Donors also receive free health screenings.  If they 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 a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide.

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here to find a blood drive near you or calling (877) 340-8777. Or click on one of our donor center locations below:
North Little Rock, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Russellville, 1003 West Main
Fort Smith, 5300 S. U St.
Hot Springs, 149 Section Line Road, Ste. G
Little Rock, 101 South Shackleford Road, Ste. 2


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

*The Little Rock Zoo vouchers will be given out July 1 through August 31.  Vouchers cannot be sold or reproduced.  No cash value.  Applies to regular zoo admission only, special engagements excluded.  Offer expires September 30, 2018.

Bob Grant