Annual campus blood drive kicks off homecoming activities: Goal is 1,825 units

October 28, 2011

Sponsored by the Student Alumni Association, the American Red Cross and University Recreation, the kickoff event for this year’s University of Arkansas (   homecoming competition among student clubs, residence halls, and Greeks is an annual humanitarian event to collect blood from campus donors. The students are hoping to collect 1,825 pints of blood.

The Homecoming drive is a two-day event for students and staff. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov 2nd, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 3rd. The location of the blood drive is gyms 3 and 4 in the HPER Building, 155 N Stadium Dr. Look for signs directing you. Those presenting to donate blood will receive a Homecoming commemorative t-shirt. The 2011 homecoming football game pits the Arkansas Razorbacks against South Carolina. The Blood Drive shirts are always popular game-day attire.

Area hospitals the Red Cross provides blood include the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. These nationally recognized teaching hospitals are utilized by patients from across the region for cutting edge care. They rely on donated blood and platelets for surgeries, burn care, cancer treatment and so much more. 

“Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood,” said Walt Coleman, UA alumnus and Board Chairman of the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks – Arkansas region. “It is so important to understand that their single donation can help save the lives of three people. I cannot thank the students, staff and supporters of the U of A enough for their support.

“Approximately 100 Red Cross staff members and a small army of volunteers will be working to insure a safe and efficient operation,” said Lee Ann Luttrell, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Manager.  Planning and coordinating the drive with the UA Student Alumni Board has taken months of hard work, she added, complimenting the student organization for its dedication to the annual homecoming event.   Donors wishing to schedule an appointment may visit and enter sponsor code UAFAY.  Appointments are a great benefit in moving quickly through the donation process.

University alumni and area residents wishing to support the homecoming drive may also donate and are asked to turn out in support of this special student led activity.

The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross serves Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Boone, Newton, Pope, Yell, Crawford, Sebastian, Scott, Logan, Johnson, Franklin and Sequoyah (Okla) counties.  Call 479-306-4688 about the many services provided by your American Red Cross.