ROGERS, Ark. (Sept. 29, 2020) — The University of Arkansas and the American Red Cross are once again teaming up for the 18th consecutive year to help save lives through blood donations. The community is invited to ‘Bleed Razorback Red,’ Oct. 6-7 at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickinson St., in Fayetteville.
U of A students, faculty, alumni and the Fayetteville community are invited to donate blood from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to help patients in need. Everyone who presents to donate will receive a coupon for a free honey butter chicken sandwich from Whataburger, and a special edition ‘Bleed Red’ T-shirt, while supplies last. 200 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. “During this pandemic we have had plenty of challenges. Hopefully we can have another successful drive.”
The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give blood in support of kids fighting cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross encourages healthy individuals to schedule and keep blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply for patients throughout this coronavirus pandemic. All donors are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Blood drive safety precautions
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.