31st Annual Homecoming Blood Drive scheduled Oct. 10-13
COLUMBIA, Mo. (Sept. 13, 2016) — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for the 31st annual Homecoming Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.
The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross Homecoming Blood Drive, entitled ‘A Lifesaving Tail’, will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 10-13 at the University’s Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a Homecoming-themed blood drive T-shirt, while supplies last.
In the 30 years the American Red Cross and the University of Missouri have hosted the Homecoming Blood Drive, the drive has collected more than 100,000 pints of blood. All blood types are needed at this year’s drive, and blood donations can be used to help patients across the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region and beyond.
“We are proud to once again work alongside the University of Missouri and the student volunteers that play a large role during this drive in making it a success every year,” said Todd Wagner, Donor Recruitment Director for the Missouri-Illinois Blood Region. “We hope to have the full support of Mizzou students and the Columbia community in rolling up a sleeve and making a difference once again this Homecoming.”
Blood donors in the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region 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.
To schedule an appointment to give at the Homecoming Blood Drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Mizzou.
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 (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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.