Our Blood Institute (OBI) will hold a blood drive with Mercy Waldron on Monday, May 8 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the bloodmobile. Blood donors will have a choice of blue, orange or purple, “Happy To Be a Blood Donor” T-shirt featuring a smiley face, while supplies last.*
Donors will also get one free admission to Magic Springs Theme at Water Park in Hot Springs. .
“What better way to spread a smile than by saving someone’s life through your blood donation,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Our Blood Institute. “Our blood supply is an essential part of our health care system, so we’re extremely thankful for partners like Magic Springs Theme and Water Park for their partnership in helping ensure we continue to have a healthy blood supply for patients in need.”
Every two seconds, someone needs blood, a product that has no substitute and must be donated from volunteers just like you. It takes approximately 1,200 donors a day to meet those needs.
Our Blood Institute is the sixth-largest independent blood center in the nation, with 16 donor centers across Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas, including five centers in Arkansas. OBI provides blood products for patients in more than 40 Arkansas hospitals, medical facilities, and air ambulances.
Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling OBI at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org. One blood donation only takes about an hour and saves up to three patients’ lives.
*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; individuals over the age of 18 must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required.