Two universities go head to head in American Red Cross blood drive competition
Southern Arkansas University vs. the University of Arkansas at Monticello
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 22, 2014) —Southern Arkansas University (S.A.U.) and the University of Arkansas at Monticello (U.A.M.) are partnering with the American Red Cross for a competition blood drive. It’s the Muleriders vs. the Boll Weevils! The universities will host two-day blood drives, going head to head in a competition to help save lives. This year’s winner will take home major bragging rights and a trophy.
The schools have partnered with the Red Cross for this competition blood drive for four years. Together, they have helped collect more than 550 blood donations. This year, the Red Cross hopes to bring in 180 donations at the blood drive. Each donation can help save up to three lives, so this year's drive could provide potentially lifesaving blood donations to nearly 600 patients in need.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Blood donated at this blood drive could help many patients in need, including accident victims, premature infants, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. Up to 20 percent of the Red Cross donor base is made up of students. Blood drives on school campuses are important to helping the Red Cross meet the need of patients.
S.A.U. vs. U.A.M Competition blood drive:
Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
S.A.U. Reynolds Building Grand Hall
100 E. University, Magnolia
Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct., 1, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
U.A.M. Green Room
517 University Drive, Monticello
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 @RedCross.