There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in the hometown hospitals served by Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). It’s only available due to those who selflessly take the time to give. Hot Spring’s blood drive, Tuesday, Aug. 13, provides that opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old. It will occur at National Park Medical Center, 1910 Malvern Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a summer T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Also, each donor will receive a free lunch ticket. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in ABI’s online store, are provided to donors.
“Everyone knows someone who’s needed blood. It impacts all ages of people and often arises unexpectedly as a result of accident or illness,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO. “Whether we know them or not, there are people now who are counting on us to give.”
Arkansas Blood Institute is a non-profit blood center, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in 20 medical facilities across Arkansas.
Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving. In turn, funds so designated will then be contributed to GBF for supplies and equipment for blood centers in the world’s poorest countries.
Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting www.arkbi.org.
* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.