Arkansas Blood Institute will hold a Bigfoot-themed blood drive with Wal Mart Booneville on Friday, Aug. 16, from 2:30 to 5:45 p.m. Each blood donor will receive a limited-edition Bigfoot t-shirt. Donors also receive a voucher for free entry to the Little Rock Zoo.

“The legend of Bigfoot is not only fun, but it is a way to motivate our donors to believe in themselves and the real power of blood donation,” said John Armitage, M.D., president & CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “One blood donation saves up to three lives, so your donation truly makes a positive impact for local patients and their families.”

All blood types are needed, but O-negative blood donors are especially urged to give, as this universal blood type helps any patient, regardless of blood type, in an emergency.

Only 10 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 seven days, up to 24 times a year.

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; and those 18 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

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. A donor must request voucher online at yourbloodinstitute.org to redeem.

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. Approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors are needed each day to maintain the supply. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org.