July 13, 2017 ─ Arkansas Blood Institute is looking for summer lifesavers to save three lives with one blood donation.


Join Wal Mart Greenwood at a blood drive with Arkansas Blood Institute from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25 on the bloodmobile. Healthy adults**, age 16 and older, can give blood.


Every donor will receive a pass for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a free “Keep It Local” t-shirt.**


Arkansas Blood Institute is now serving more hospitals across the state, and the summer months are an especially critical time.


“For patients in need of blood, there is no summer vacation,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “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 relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. Those with negative blood types are especially urged to give. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.


If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, funds will be given to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization helping to procure much-needed blood center supplies in developing countries.


Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by visiting arkbi.org or calling (877) 340-8777.


*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


**Vouchers good for two free zoo admissions. Applies to regular zoo admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Offer expires December 31, 2017