Let the adventure begin when you donate blood with Arkansas Blood Institute this summer!

Arkansas Blood Institute will hold a blood drive with Walgreen’s at 850 Oak Street in Conway on Monday, July 9, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Donors will receive a limited edition “Adventure” t-shirt, and a voucher for free admission for one to the Little Rock Zoo.*

“This summer has been a particularly challenging time for blood collections, and we are in need of generous donors to be heroes for local patients,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “It only takes about an hour to donate, but the gift of blood is priceless for those who depend on it.”

Arkansas Blood Institute proud to partner once again with the Little Rock Zoo. Since 1926, the Little Rock Zoo has been connecting Arkansans with nature, learning and conservation. The Little Rock Zoo features nearly 700 animals representing more than 200 species, many on the endangered list, including Trudy the Gorilla. The Zoo is one of Arkansas’ greatest educational and conservation resources.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood. However, only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Each donation can save the lives of up to three patients.

Donors also receive free health screenings. If they opt not to take the t-shirt, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Arkansas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org.

*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 one free zoo admission. Applies to regular zoo admission only. Special engagements excluded. No other discounts may be used with this offer. No cash value. Offer expires September 30, 2018