Arkansas Blood Institute will hold local blood drives at the following locations:


Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Hop on Pop Memorial in the White Hall Community Center, from 3-7 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 11, at Wal-Mart at Sheridan on the Bloodmobile, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 11, at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in the Student Union, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The agency is seeking healthy adults, age 16 and older. Each blood donor will receive a collectors’ edition “Hog Wild” T-shirt, according to a news release.


“Arkansas Blood Institute relies solely on volunteer blood donors to meet the needs of patients at more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities statewide,” according to the release. “There is no substitute for blood, and the donation process takes about an hour. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.”


If donors choose not to take the T-shirt, funds will be given to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization helping to obtain blood center supplies in developing countries.


Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by visiting arkbi.org or calling 877-340-8777.


Sixteen year old donors 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, according to the release.