Arkansas Blood Institute will hold a blood drive at Smart Chevrolet at White Hall from 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. The community is invited to give blood on the bloodmobile, according to a news release.


Arkansas Blood Institute relies on volunteer donors to supply blood for more than 40 hospitals and medical facilities statewide.


“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,” according to the release.


Each blood donor will receive a collectors’ edition “Hog Wild” T-shirt. If donors opt not to take the T-shirt, funds will be given to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization helping to procure blood center supplies in developing countries.


“Healthy adults, age 16 and older, can make a life-saving difference for their fellow Arkansans by giving blood,” according to the release.


Donors who are 16 years old must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission. Seventeen year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds. Those 18 and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.


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