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EventsJanuary 24, 2022

Blood Drive to be Held Jan 26, 27

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will host its annual Spring blood drive 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, January 26-27, in room 129 of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.

The blood drive is hosted by the Arkansas Blood Institute and sponsored by the UAFS Lion Heart organization. All donors will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test, health screening, and their choice of long sleeve t-shirt.

Donors may sign up in advance by visiting the table in the Campus Center Breezeway, calling (479) 788-7699, or emailing lionheart@uafs.edu. Walk-ins are welcome, and online registration is available at https://arkbi.org.

COVID-19 antibody tests screen donors for antibodies in the blood, which are formed when fighting an infection such as the coronavirus, by assessing whether the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to fight infection. Initial research has shown that donors who have these antibodies may offer a unique opportunity to help patients fighting the disease.

UAFS coordinates five blood drives each year in an effort to help reach out to potential blood donors on campus. The Arkansas Blood Institute, which receives the blood, is a non-profit blood center whose volunteer donors provide 100 percent of the blood needed by patients in 40 Arkansas hospitals.

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The UAFS Office of Marketing and Communications fields all media inquiries for the university. Email Rachel.Putman@uafs.edu for more information.

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