SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State students, alumni, faculty and the Springfield community are encouraged to roll up a sleeve at the American Red Cross and Delta Chi Fraternity annual Missouri State University blood drive, Tuesday, Nov 15 through Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Foster Recreation Center (main gym). The Red Cross and Delta Chi hope to collect over 150 pints of blood.
“The Red Cross is excited to once again team up with Missouri State University and the community,” said Todd Wagner, Director of Donor Recruitment, Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the blood donors at the university, and are looking forward to another successful event.”
Blood collected at the Missouri State University Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore, more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood supply is sufficient through the winter months. For those interested in hosting or sponsoring a blood drive visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.