COLUMBIA, Mo. (March 20, 2019) — The American Red Cross and the University of Missouri will once again team up for the annual Spring Greek Week Blood Drive April 9-11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at MizouRec, 213 Rothwell Gymnasium, in Columbia.
The Red Cross invites students, staff, faculty and the residents of Columbia to rally around a lifesaving cause. Whether you are on or off campus, there’s no better way to celebrate the giving nature of the community than by helping the Red Cross maintain a sufficient blood supply.
For the past 29 years the University of Missouri has hosted this blood drive collecting more than 73,750 lifesaving donations. This year we are anticipating collecting 1,500 donations.
“Mizzou and our student leadership team have done a tremendous job with this blood drive,” said Jennifer Books, account manager, Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “We expect this to be another successful year as we help regional and local hospitals and their patients get the blood donations they need. We encourage everyone in the Columbia community to stop in, roll up a sleeve and help us save lives.”
Blood donors of all types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code Mizzou 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 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.