Area college and university students, faculty and alumni can help saves lives at American Red Cross We Challenge “U” blood drives

January 22, 2013

33 area colleges and universities are hosting American Red Cross We Challenge “U” Blood Drives between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2013 

Media contact: Alan Gibson, (501-765-9903), @RedCrossBldGOA                    


Little Rock, Ark. January 17, 2013— To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, 33 area colleges and universities are hosting American Red Cross We Challenge “U” Blood Drives between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2013. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge “U” T-shirt, while supplies last.


Participating schools include:

  • Helena Community - W. Helena
  • Bryan College Rogers
  • Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden
  • Black River Technical College
  • University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Phillips Community College Stuttgart
  • Crowder College Cassville, MO
  • Arkansas State University Newport
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • U of A Community College Batesville
  • Pulaski Technical College NLR
  • Arkansas State University Beebe
  • Christian Brothers University Memphis
  • Drury University
  • Central Baptist College Conway
  • Arkansas State University Searcy
  • Arkansas Tech University Russellville
  • Williams Baptist College
  • Arkansas Baptist College Little Rock
  • Arkansas State University Newport
  • Lyon College Batesville
  • Harding University Searcy
  • University of AR for Medical Science (UAMS)
  • Arkansas State University Mountain Home
  • U of A Div of Agriculture Coop
  • Arkansas State University Tech Marked Tree
  • Philander Smith College LR
  • Columbia College Ft. Leonard Wood
  • North Arkansas College Harrison
  • Missouri Southern State University - Joplin
  • Arkansas State University
  • Ozarka College Mountain View
  • Remington College Little Rock


“We thank these schools for accepting the challenge from the Red Cross,” said Michele Wright Ph.D., CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer and it helps patients in need.”


To make an appointment to donate or for more information, students, faculty, staff and alumni may call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit


College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. The We Challenge “U” program encourages college students to get involved in the community by organizing blood drives and recruiting friends and faculty to give blood during difficult winter months.


Prior to donating blood, donors will register, complete a brief health history screening, and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour, but the actual blood donation takes about 10 minutes. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.

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 join our blog at                           ###