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Annual Boots and Badges Blood Drive Scheduled for July 22 and 23

On July 22nd and 23rd, the Heroes of Mena square off in the annual Boots and Badges Blood Drive sponsored by the Arkansas Blood Institute.

With memes flying and bragging rights on the line, area residents are being encouraged to pick a side and make a donation at the Ouachita Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain campus.

To schedule an appointment please call (877)340-8777 or visit askbi.org.

The center will be open for donations from noon till 6 P.M. both days. Please remember that masks are required to enter the building.

This year all donors will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test, a limited edition Boots & Badges T-shirt, and one free entry to Magic Springs!

Blood donation is safe and critically important, despite concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). Arkansas Blood Institute is, as always, committed to safety for our donors, patients, and communities, and we urge you to keep your scheduled appointments and continue to donate blood.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports no cases of COVID-19 transmitted through blood transfusion, and respiratory viruses generally are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion.

“We need people to start turning out in force to give blood,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA.

Arkansas Blood Institute is following safety recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion. Our donor centers and blood drives practice rigorous safety and cleanliness standards.

Arkansas Blood Institute’s donor centers and mobile blood drives have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. In addition, phlebotomy and donor services staff will wear masks and donor centers and mobile blood drives have been adapted to allow for social distancing.

Arkansas Blood Institute also will provide free COVID-19 antibody tests for all blood donors eighteen and older.

This testing initiative, provided at all donor centers and mobile blood drives, comes in the wake of an immediate need for blood donations due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations.

Local donors will receive information at the time of their donation regarding testing results notification.

So, pick a side, make your donation, and help support our local heroes!

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