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University of Arkansas, Red Cross call on Hog fans to roll up a sleeve and help save a life

September 16, 2014
 

Annual Homecoming blood drive scheduled for Oct. 15 and 16

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Sept. __, 2014) — Calling all Hogs home! The University of Arkansas and the American Red Cross are teaming up for the annual Homecoming Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.

For more than two decades, the University of Arkansas and the Red Cross have teamed up for one of the biggest Red Cross blood drives in the state. Over that time, the Razorbacks have helped the Red Cross collect thousands of units of blood. This year, the University hopes to bring in more than 1,200 blood donations through the Homecoming blood drive. With each donation helping to save up to three lives, this blood drive could provide potentially lifesaving blood to more than 3,000 patients in need.

“The Red Cross and the University of Arkansas invite Razorback students, alumni, staff and the entire community to come donate blood at this event which has truly become a homecoming tradition,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Region. “The Red Cross greatly appreciates the efforts of the student volunteers who help to make this drive a success each year, and we value each blood donation we receive from our committed donors."

Blood donated at the University of Arkansas Homecoming blood drive could help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

 

University of Arkansas Homecoming blood drive:

Oct. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

University of Arkansas, HPER Gyms 3 and 4

155 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code UAFAY.

 

All presenting donors will receive a specially designed Red Cross drive T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

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 @RedCross.

 

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