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Arkansas Blood Institute is Hittin’ the Road, Calling all Blood Donors

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Arkansas Blood Institute is hittin’ the road and headed to a community near you. Don’t miss your chance to save the life of a fellow Arkansan when they make a stop through your town.

Join Mansfield / Huntington Community at a blood drive with Arkansas Blood Institute from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, September 14, at the Municipal Complex Community Center.     

Successful blood donors will receive a free limited-edition, “Back on Tour”, t-shirt featuring a vintage Volkswagen van, plus one free admission to the Little Rock Zoo, Arkansas’s largest family attraction.

In addition, for a limited time only, all donors will receive Hemoglobin A1C blood sugar testing, which can help monitor diabetes risk.

“Blood donation has always been an easy way to help a neighbor,” said Dr. John Armitage, President and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “Now, it’s also an easy and free way to test your average blood sugar level to be better informed about your health. We’re excited to offer this testing to our donors as part of their lifesaving blood donation.”

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years old* or older can give blood. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

Appointments to donate can be made online at arkbi.org or by calling 877-340-8777. While COVID-19 vaccination is not required of blood donors, those who have been vaccinated can donate immediately, assuming they are feeling well. Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives.

*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. Photo ID required.

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