Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist face off in fifth annual Battle of the Ravine Red Cross blood drives
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the fifth consecutive year, Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University will battle to see which school can recruit the most blood donors and walk away the winner of the Battle of the Ravine blood drive challenge.
The Battle of the Ravine is a longstanding athletic rivalry between the two football teams, both located in Arkadelphia, Ark., and both with strong fan bases who want to win.
The Battle of the Ravine blood drives have proved to be important events for the Red Cross, with more than 1,400 pints of blood donated over the past four years.
“We can’t thank these colleges, their students and their fans enough for the hard work they’ve done to help the Red Cross meet patient needs,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Nearly 20 percent of all blood donations we receive come from high school and college drives. We rely on them to help save lives.”
Donors will have the chance to show support for their teams by giving, and all presenting donors will receive a Battle of the Ravine blood drive T-shirt, as supplies last. While the drives are being held on campus, the entire community is encouraged to take part in this friendly competition.
The need for blood is constant, especially O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Blood has a shelf life of 42 days, so the supply must be constantly replenished. Someone in the U.S. needs blood approximately every two seconds.
Upcoming Battle of the Ravine blood donation opportunities:
Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ouachita Baptist University Tiger Den, 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia
Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ouachita Baptist University Tiger Den, 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia
Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Henderson State University’s Garrison Center Day Gym, 1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Henderson State University’s Garrison Center Day Gym, 1100 Henderson St., Arkadelphia
Click on the dates above to schedule an appointment.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBldGOA.