Arkansas Blood Institute has 'Fingers Crossed' for 2021

Staff Writer
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Blood donors will receive a free, long-sleeved t-shirt and a pass to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

Arkansas Blood Institute will be host a blood drive at Walmart in Booneville on Friday, Jan. 22 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the bloodmobile. Individuals ages 16 and up are urged to give blood. Donors will receive a free, long-sleeved “2021 Fingers Crossed” t-shirt and a free pass to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

Appointments are preferred. Walk-ins will be managed as schedules allow. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors at this drive.

“Arkansans really did their part throughout a tough 2020 to ensure the local blood supply despite the numerous challenges, and we thank them for their selflessness,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We urge you make a resolution to take just an hour out of your busy schedule to give the precious gift of life — and offer families hope, healing and comfort this new year.”

Arkansas Blood Institute is the local, non-profit blood supplier, supporting the inventory for patients in more than 40 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.  

Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety recommendations. Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Call (888) 308-3924 or email coviddonor@obi.org to make an appointment. More information on Arkansas Blood Institute can be found at arkbi.org.