LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, but, is the most difficult time of the year for blood banks and centers to main supplies. 

The Arkansas Blood Institute says January is typically a hard month for donations because of two reasons. 

People can get busy during the holidays so they forget to donate or don't have time. Sickness is also a huge factor. You can't donate when you are, and with colds, the flu, and other viruses going around regular donors are unable to help. 

That's why the Blood Institute is asking people that don't donate often or have never donated to get out and help. 

Arkansas Blood Institute Donor Centers are located at the following: 

  • Fort Smith-  5300 South U Street
  • Hot Springs- 149 Section Line Road, Suite G, at Keystone Crossing Plaza 
  • Little Rock- 101 S. Shackleford Rd., Suite 2 
  • North Little Rock- 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 6 
  • Russellville- 1003 West Main 

If you would like to donate you can call or drop by any of the institute's donor centers, which are open throughout the week. Anyone who donates through January 31st will receive a free, long sleeve t-shirt. 

Donors in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Russellville will also get a free ticket to the Museum of Discovery.

For more information about the Arkansas Blood Institute, click here. 

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