Saline County high school students to host third annual Salt Bowl blood drives

August 26, 2013

The Salt Bowl, the annual football game between Saline County rivals, Bryant and Benton high schools, is far more than a game. For the third consecutive year, the high schools are partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a friendly competition to see which school can recruit the most blood donors.

Students will encourage their peers and area residents to roll up a sleeve and give blood to help cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and more. Since the first Salt Bowl blood drive in 2011, 481 pints of blood have been collected for patients in need, and more than 250 pints are expected to be collected at this year’s drive.

“This is a great opportunity for students to help make a vital impact in their community,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “College and high school blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross. High school rivalries can be fun and a great way for students to volunteer and help save lives.”

All presenting donors at the Salt Bowl blood drives will receive a complimentary custom T-shirt, while supplies last.

Those who present to donate could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.

Bragging rights are on the line as the school with the most presenting donors will receive a trophy from the Red Cross at their first home football game. 

Third annual Salt Bowl blood drives

Sept. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bryant High School, 200 N.W. Fourth St., Bryant, Ark. 

Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Benton High School, 211 N. Border St., Benton, Ark.

While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.

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 @RedCross.