The Call Heard 'Round the World

October 15, 2010

The kickoff event for this year’s University of Arkansas ( homecoming activities is the annual humanitarian effort to collect blood from campus donors. The students are hoping to collect 850 pints of blood with an additional 200 pints from Alumni drives. Known as a center of excellence, the University of Arkansas is found across the globe as graduates utilize their education and the experiences of their time at the University of Arkansas. The love of the "Hogs" is very real and calling the "Hogs" is truly the Call Heard ‘Round the World. Many have donated blood in support of this special effort and we hope to continue this grand tradition in 2010 with another successful effort to meet the needs of patients needing blood right now.

The Homecoming drive is a two-day event for parents, guests, students and staff. Hours are Noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20th and Thursday, Oct. 21st . The location of the blood drive is the HPER complex 155 N Stadium Dr. Look for signs directing you. Those presenting to donate blood will receive a "Call Heard ‘Round the World" t-shirt. The 2010 homecoming football game pits the Arkansas Razorbacks against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Blood Drive shirts are always popular game-day attire and a special keepsake.

Among area hospitals the Red Cross supports with blood products are 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, NFL official and Board Chairman of the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks – Arkansas Blood 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 75 Red Cross staff members and a small army of volunteers will be working to insure a safe and efficient operation," said Korey Fiddner, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative for the blood drive. Planning and coordinating the drive with the UA Student Alumni Board and additional support from U of A volunteer groups and the Department of Intramural/Recreational Sports has taken months of hard work, she added, complimenting the students and campus leadership for their 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 interested persons may attend the campus drive or one of the following alumni drive locations. All alumni and friends are asked to turn out in support of this special student led activity. Alumni drives will also feature the commemorative shirt and are located at:



Date Site Address City, State, ZIP Hours
October 22nd Walmart Bowman 700 S Bowman Rd Little Rock, AR 72211 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
October 22nd Walmart Hwy 65 1155 Hwy 65 N Conway, AR 72032 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
October 22nd Walmart Cabot 304 S Rockwood Cabot, AR 72023 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
October 23rd Walmart Central Ave 4901 Central Ave Hot Springs, AR 71913 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
October 29th Donald W Reynolds Cancer Support House 3324 South M Street Fort Smith, AR 72903 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
October 29th Walmart Benton 17309 I-30 West, Congo Rd Benton, AR 72015 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
November 2nd Lewis & Clark Outfitters 2530 Pinnacle Hills Parkway Rogers, AR 72758 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
November 3rd Northwest AR Mall 4201 N Shiloh Fayetteville, AR 72703 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm



The American Red Cross collects blood in northwest Arkansas at mobile drives, and every Monday in Tontitown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross Donor Center at 250 Industrial Circle East. To locate a blood drive near you or for additional information call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or .

The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross maintains offices in Tontitown, Fort Smith and Russellville. Call 479-306-4688 or visit the chapter website at to access the many services provided by your American Red Cross.