ROGERS, Ark. (Sept. 24, 2019) — The University of Arkansas and the American Red Cross are once again teaming up for the 17th consecutive year to help save lives through blood donations. The community is invited to ‘Bleed Razorback Red,’ Oct. 15-16 at the Union Ballroom, 435 N. Garland Ave, in Fayetteville.
U of A students, faculty, alumni and the Fayetteville community are invited to donate blood on campus from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to help patients in need. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a special-edition ‘Bleed Razorback Red’ T-shirt, while supplies last. 250 donations are expected to be collected over the two-day drive.
“We truly appreciate the U of A students, faculty and the entire Fayetteville community for stepping up during this blood drive,” said Cassady Watkins, donor recruitment manager, Red Cross Greater Ozarks and Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Hopefully we can have another successful drive and help patients who need it most.”
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
How to donate blood
To schedule an appointment to give at the Bleed Razorback Red Blood Drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.