University of Missouri, American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive exceeds goal
1,700 pints collected in three days
COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 11, 2013) – The University of Missouri and American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive ended Thursday and it closed on a high note; Thursday saw 556 pints of blood collected, bringing the three-day total to 1,700 pints. The Red Cross had set a goal of 1,500 pints for the three day blood drive.
Because each donation could help save up to three lives, more than 5,000 lives could be saved thanks in part to the generosity of local donors.
“The Red Cross thanks the University, the students and members of the Columbia community for their hard work in making this blood drive another success for us and the hospitals we serve,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “Everyone who took part is truly a hero, and their dedication is greatly appreciated.”
Blood donated at the Mizzou Spring Blood Drive may help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. The Red Cross and student organizers have already begun planning for the 2013 University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive scheduled this fall.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.