April 27, 2015-Each Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) donor May 1 through 15, will score two premium tickets to a Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball game. Anyone 16 years and older* is urged to come to the ABI donor center at 5300 S. U St., Fort Smith, or find an area blood drive listed on arkbi.org. Vouchers for Monday through Thursday evening games in May will be awarded to donors. Each can be redeemed at the Arvest Ballpark box office for two seats behind the dugout.
"Being an active community partner is extremely important to our organization, and this furthers that initiative for us," said Naturals General Manager Justin Cole.
A 'hero' T-shirt also awaits each donor. If preferred, a donor can forgo the T-shirt to support Global Blood Fund (GBF). For each donor who chooses this option, a contribution to GBF will be made by Arkansas Blood Institute. GBF is a nonprofit that provides blood center technology and supplies to struggling blood centers around the world, so they can meet local needs through voluntary blood donation.
Donors with Arkansas Blood Institute exclusively provide blood needed by all patients in River Valley hospitals and some 15 other medical facilities in the region.
Appointments to donate are not required but can be made at 877-340-8777 or arkbi.org.
* 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