Cooper Clinic is helping to save lives through blood donation with Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI). On Thursday, Jan. 16, all healthy adults, 16 and older,* can donate blood at the clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Blood donations can decline due to winter weather," said John Armitage, M.D., Arkansas Blood Institute president and CEO, "but patients in our community count on volunteer donors."

Blood donors will receive a free hot/cold gel pack, health screenings, and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for merchandise in ABI’s online store. Additionally, if blood donors choose to forgo the gel pack, funds designated for this item will go to support the Global Blood Fund assisting blood centers in developing countries.

Donations can be made every 56 days, with one donation saving as many as three lives. Arkansas Blood Institute is a nonprofit regional blood center that provides every drop of blood needed for patients in 15 hospitals including those in Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Johnson, Logan, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Pope, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling (877) 340-8777 or visiting

* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.