Thursday, November 07, 2013 11:00 AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 15, 2013) - For the fifth consecutive year, Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University will battle to see which school can recruit the most blood donors and walk away the winner of the Battle of the Ravine blood drive challenge.
The Battle of the Ravine is a longstanding athletic rivalry between the two football teams, both located in Arkadelphia, Ark., and both with strong fan bases who want to win.
The Battle of the Ravine blood drives have proved to be important events for the Red Cross, with more than 1,400 pints of blood donated over the past four years.
"We can't thank these colleges, their students and their fans enough for the hard work they've done to help the Red Cross meet patient needs," said Michele Wright, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. "Nearly 20 percent of all blood donations we receive come from high school and college drives. We rely on them to help save lives."
Donors will have the chance to show support for their teams by donating, and all presenting donors will receive a Battle of the Ravine blood drive T-shirt, while supplies last. The drives are being held on campus, but the entire community is encouraged to take part in this friendly competition.
The need for blood is constant, especially O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Blood has a shelf life of 42 days, so the supply must be constantly replenished. Someone in the U.S. needs blood approximately every two seconds.