Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) will show Fort Smith blood donors just how much they are treasured at a special ‘United Way Day of Caring’ blood drive. Each person who gives at Arvest Bank on Tuesday, April 22, will choose an appreciation item from ABI’s ‘treasure chest’. Donors are welcome between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free health screenings and Donor Reward Points, redeemable online for gift cards and merchandise, will also be provided.
Blood donors are truly ‘treasured’ by patients needing life-saving blood in 15 hospitals in western and south central Arkansas. Giving blood takes about an hour, and each donation can save as many as three lives. All healthy adults, 16 years and older* are encouraged to give. Donations can be made every 56 days.
Each blood donor at this event will have the option to forgo an appreciation item so that funds designated for it can be contributed to Global Blood Fund (GBF). Global Blood Fund provides supplies and other support to struggling blood centers in disadvantaged countries.
Although not required, appointments 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