University of Arkansas kicks off Homecoming with Red Cross blood drive

September 20, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Homecoming at the University of Arkansas embodies the tradition of banding together and proving to the world that fans bleed Razorback red. To kick off the homecoming festivities, the American Red Cross is partnering with the UA Student Alumni Board and media partner KNWA-TV to give the Razorback nation a chance to be “Super Hogs” for a day by donating blood to help save lives.

The UA Homecoming blood drive is a longstanding and valued event for the Red Cross. Since 2007, more than 8,000 pints of blood have been collected because of the tremendous turnout of students, faculty, alumni and Razorback fans.

“We are very excited to continue tradition and include the Homecoming blood drive in this year’s Homecoming celebration” said Daniel McFarland, vice president of homecoming for the Student Alumni Board. “We did very well with donations in 2012, but I’m confident we can improve those numbers this year. Hopefully, it’s one for the record books!”

Nearly 20 percent of all blood donations collected by the Red Cross are through high school and college drives. This year the Red Cross anticipates more than 1,300 pints of blood will be donated at the UA Homecoming drive this year.

“The University of Arkansas has been a tremendous supporter of the cause to help save lives,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “This is the state’s largest blood drive. Every student, alumnus and fan who rolls up a sleeve could be helping save up to three lives.”

Volunteer efforts don’t end with blood donations. Dozens of students from Greek Life organizations, the university’s nursing program, and other groups are volunteering during the blood drive to provide donors with refreshments and assist staff throughout the drive.

Upcoming UA Homecoming blood donation opportunities:

Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at University of Arkansas HPER Building, 155 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville, Ark.

Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at University of Arkansas HPER Building, 155 Stadium Drive, Fayetteville, 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 @RedCross.