Hot Springs Horror Film Festival hosts Red Cross 'Zombie' blood drive

September 23, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — Prepared for a crowd of festival goers ready to be scared out of their seats, the American Red Cross and the Hot Springs Arts and Film Institute hope folks will  get in touch with their inner zombies and spare some time to help save lives during the festival blood drive on Sept. 28.

“We’re honored to partner with the American Red Cross, and we hope people take this opportunity to make a difference and learn more from the top experts in our field,” said festival co-director and “Halloween 5” actress Tamara Glynn.

As a treat, presenting donors will also have the opportunity become “zombiefied” with a makeover by SFX Hollywood makeup artists.

“We wanted to give back to the community,” the festival’s director, Bill Volland, said. “We didn’t just want to show some good films. We wanted to give people a chance to do something good for the community and state.”

While the festival’s cinematic selections may make moviegoers scream and squeal, most donors agree donating blood is not a scary process.  It’s quick and simple. The entire donation 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 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 the blood wasn’t available.”

September is a time when the Red Cross is coming off of a tough summer donation season. While summer is winding down, the need for blood is constant, especially for types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.

Hot Springs Horror Film Festival blood drive:

Sept. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs National Park, 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.