Honor Cord Program

Honor Cord Program Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) wants to encourage and honor you for making blood donation a priority. There is no substitute for blood, so developing the habit of donating blood is important. ABI relies on volunteers to maintain an ample blood supply for our hospitals. Without volunteer blood donors, like you, our hospitals would not have the blood they need for surgeries, cancer and burn patients.

How does the program benefit me?

  • Students are able to develop leadership, project management, goal-setting and teamwork skills – all important credentials for your future resume.
  • Students build character by helping others.
  • It’s an opportunity to personally save a life within your community.

How do I get involved?

Fill out the enrollment form after your first donation. This one-time enrollment in the Honor Cord Program makes you a part of the life-saving program. Students must be enrolled by February 1 of graduating year.

When you donate six times by May 1 of your senior year, you will receive a certificate and an honor cord to wear on your graduation robe.*

Anyone who is generally healthy and 16 or older can donate blood.  Donors who are 16 years old 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.


*subject to rules set by each school

This program is only available to high school students who donate with Arkansas Blood Institute.