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Renew Life with Our Blood Institute and Receive a Redbud Tree Seedling

March 8, 2023 – Who’s ready to grow together? Give blood at any Our Blood Institute donor center on Thursday, March 9 or Friday, March 10 and receive a free redbud seedling from the Oklahoma Forestry Services.


Donors will also receive a “Save the Humans” alien-themed T-shirt, and one free Admission to the Museum of Discovery.


“March is a time we typically see low donor turnout with donors out of their normal schedules due to Spring Break and having nicer weather,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Our Blood Institute. “But accidents happen, and those battling cancer or other life-threatening conditions still need lifesaving blood.  We urge all healthy adults to take an hour of their time to donate before they leave town or get busy with Spring Break activities.”


OBI relies on 1,200 volunteer blood donors a day to meet the needs of patients. Just one blood donation can save up to three people!








Our Blood Institute has five donor centers across Arkansas.


  • Fort Smith Donor Center

5300 South “U” Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903

  • Hot Springs Donor Center

149 Section Line Road, Suite G, Hot Springs, AR 71913

  • Little Rock Donor Center

101 South Shackleford Road, Suite 2, Little Rock, AR 72211

  • North Little Rock Donor Center

4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 6, North Little Rock, AR 72116

  • Russellville Donor Center

1003 West Main, Russellville, AR 72801


Anyone who is healthy and 16-years-old* or older can give blood. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.


Appointments to donate can be made online at or by 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; individuals over the age of 18 must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID required.



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.

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