Blood Drive

Our next blood drive is Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:30pm in the Donaghey Fitness Center.  All donors will receive a Win from Within – Give Blood T-shirt!  The blood drive is open to students, faculty, and staff. Questions about donating blood?  Visit the Arkansas Blood Institute for more information.

Reservations are encouraged.  Schedule an appointment online or contact Dara Goad at You can also complete your pre-donation health questions online in the comfort of your home or workplace the day you come in to donate. It will save you the time during screening of answering these questions when you arrive.  It is confidential.

Staff Senate partners with Arkansas Blood Institute because it is a non-profit blood center whose volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 30 Arkansas hospitals.  These include CHI St. Vincent hospitals, Mercy Hospitals, Sparks Health Care, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Conway Regional Hospital.  Blood is being delivered from the Fort Smith and Little Rock donor centers to hospitals in their areas.  That blood is from donors at local blood drives and other donors in the region.

If you have any questions about our event, please feel free to contact Staff Senate at For more information about the Arkansas Blood Institute and blood donation, visit them at

Blood Drop American Red Cross Mascot and ARC Phlebotomist

Issues and Answers

  • Donors cannot be on antibiotics, blood thinners or had hepatitis.
  • If a donor has an elevated heart rate (We will give you a few minutes and a bottle of water to see if it lessens).
  • Promote and educate acceptable iron levels (#1 reason people cannot donate blood)
  • It is okay to
  • donate blood with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes even while taking meds
  • It is okay to donate blood after receiving the flu vaccine
  • It is okay to donate blood taking most anti-depressants, ADHD medications
  • Cancer survivors can donate if they have been cancer free for a minimum of 1 year
  • Tattoos are ok if they were done at a licensed facility in Arkansas and a few select states. If a potential donor received a tattoo outside of approved states, it must be a year old to be eligible to donate. No self-made tattoos allowed.


  • (Before donating start eating beef, lamb, liver, pork, chicken, fish and shell fish, dried fruit, green, leafy vegetables, beans, peas, nuts &, whole/multi-grains…)
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Consume several glasses/bottles of water to open up veins and promote good blood flow during the donation.
  • Avoid drinking tea a few days before the blood drive (tannic acid can interfere with iron absorption)