The Arkansas Blood Institute has partnered with the Arkansas Travelers baseball team to host a special blood drive in honor of U.S. first responders and military who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Individuals can donate blood at the “Never Forget 911 Blood Drive” this Friday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park.
“We will never forget our fallen heroes. Save lives in their honor this Friday. Vaccinated or not, you can donate blood” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We can’t say enough about the selfless service of our first responders and military, and we owe it to them to do our part in making sure blood is available in emergency situations.”
To further pay tribute to our fallen heroes, Arkansas Blood Institute will donate $10 for every successful blood donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Institute hopes to exceed the goal of 75 donors.
The Blood Institute says that anyone 16 years or older is urged to give, and that 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.
All donors will receive a free t-shirt, one free entry to the Little Rock Zoo, and a free Hemoglobin A1c blood sugar test, which can help monitor diabetes risk. Additionally, one lucky donor will win a $200 Big Red gift card.
Arkansas Blood Institute is the local, non-profit blood supplier, supporting the inventory for patients in more than 40 hospitals, medical facilities, and air ambulances statewide. Appointments for the blood drive may be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting the ABI website.