It’s time to kick off football season and go "hog wild."

Citizens are asked to join the Booneville community at a blood drive with Arkansas Blood Institute from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 10 at Mercy Hospital.

Healthy adults, age 16 and older, can make a life-saving difference for their fellow Arkansans by giving blood. Those 16 must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; and those 18 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds

Each blood donor will receive a collectors’ edition “Hog Wild” t-shirt.

“It’s obvious that we love our football here in Arkansas,” said Danny Cervantes, donor recruitment manager at Arkansas Blood Institute in the Fort Smith area. “But saving the lives of our neighbors and friends through blood donation is what really defines the spirit of our community.”

Arkansas Blood Institute relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. There is no substitute for blood, and the donation process takes about an hour. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, funds will be given to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization helping to procure much-needed blood center supplies in developing countries.

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by visiting or calling (877) 340-8777.