'Rise Up and Give!' blood drive

Fort Smith Times Record
The Arkansas Blood Institute and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum are encouraging blood donors to "Rise Up and Give!" Individuals age 16 and up are urged to give blood on April 20 and April 22.

The Arkansas Blood Institute and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum are encouraging blood donors to "Rise Up and Give!" Individuals age sixteen and up are urged to give blood at these locations:

• Cedarville Elementary School on Tuesday, April 20 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. on the Bloodmobile.

• The Donna Wilkins Memorial Blood Drive at Alma Intermediate School on Thursday, April 22 from 1-6 p.m. on the Bloodmobile.

Successful donors will receive a colorful spring T-shirt and one free adult admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the nation’s premier institution of Western history, art, and culture. Students who bring donors to the blood drive will receive a MopTopper pen.

“We count on the support of not only our donors, but community partners such as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, which recognize the importance of our life-saving mission and are willing to step up to offer our generous donors a fantastic incentive to give blood,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.

Appointments can be made online at arkbi.org or by calling (877) 340-8777. Donors who have received the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines may donate blood without a waiting period, assuming they are feeling well.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour and one donation saves up to three lives.