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Sparks and Qualserv Help Boost Summer Blood Supply – July 24 & 25

Fort Smith blood donors this summer will not only save lives when they donate with Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI), they’ll also get two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and “Feel Cool” T-shirts.

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to donate at these locations:

· Sparks Regional Medical Center; Thursday, July 24, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday, July 25, 12:15 to 5:30 p.m.

· Qualserv, 7400 S. 28 St.; Friday, July 25, 12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

“For patients in need of blood, there’s no summer vacation,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and chief executive. “That’s why it’s crucial that blood donors take just an hour to donate blood. The lives of our friends, co-workers and neighbors may depend on it.”

Arkansas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed to some 15 medical facilities in western and south central parts of the state.

All blood types are needed, but those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Although it is present in only nine percent of the U.S. population, it can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, according to the American Association of Blood Banks. This creates an immense and constant need for blood donors with O-negative blood.

Appointments are not required to donate at this blood drive, but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting

* 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