Strong, Bold, Fearless: What Type of Hero Are You?

Arkansas Blood Institute

HOT SPRINGS ─ Arkansas Blood Institute is looking for local heroes who are strong, bold, and fearless to help save the lives of their fellow Arkansans.

Arkansas Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with National Park College on Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Each blood donor will receive their choice of a t-shirt in “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal. Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, are encouraged to give blood.*

“Accidents happen. People are battling cancer. Babies are born prematurely,” said Paulette Nieuwenhof, executive director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “The need for blood is constant, and there is no substitute. Unfortunately, until we know that someone is fighting for life, we just don’t think about how critical it is.”

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. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year.

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 a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide, including CHI St. Vincent, UAMS, Baptist Health Medical Center and Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org.

*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.

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