American Red Cross welcomes zombies in ‘Walker Crawl’ parade and blood drive

October 14, 2013

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — The undead will be taking over the American Red Cross, and they’ll be out for blood during the organization’s “Walker Crawl” parade and blood drive. For four hours, the community is encouraged to slump, lurch and leer their way through a parade, costume contest and blood drive to help save lives and raise funds for the Red Cross.

“We are excited to bring this fun event to the community,” said Pamela Knapp-Carver, Executive Director of the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross. “This is a fun, family event aimed at supporting an organization where the mission is to help others in need.”

The event, organized by the Red Cross Players volunteer group, will feature a parade, costume contest and face painting to raise funds for the Red Cross Northeast Arkansas Chapter while giving people the opportunity to donate blood to help save lives.

While zombies may end up strolling the streets of Blytheville in costumes worthy of screams and squeals, the Red Cross doesn’t want the event to be a scary one for blood donors. Most donors agree that giving is not a scary undertaking.  The entire process takes about an hour, and each pint of blood donated could help save up to three lives.

“Many people say they haven’t donated blood because they haven’t been asked to give or because they are afraid of needles,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “But most donors describe it as a small pinch in the arm, and the actual donation takes only about 10 minutes. We hope no one will be too afraid to try and help. Someone needs blood approximately every two seconds, and it’s frightening to imagine what would happen if enough blood wasn’t available.”

Upcoming “Walker Crawl” blood drive:

Oct. 18 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Walker Park, 510 Missouri St., Blytheville, Ark.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBldGOA.