Annual spring drive scheduled April 24-26 at MizzouRec
COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 10, 2017) — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for the annual spring “Give Back For The Future” Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.
The University of Missouri and the Red Cross spring blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 24-26 at MizzouRec, at 213 Rothwell Gymnasium. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed “Give Back For the Future” spring blood drive T-shirt, while supplies last.
In the 27 years the Red Cross and the University of Missouri have hosted the spring blood drive, the drive has collected more than 71,250 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.
“This blood drive always comes at a key time during the year and this spring is no different,” said Todd Wagner, donor recruitment director for the Missouri-Illinois Blood Region. “We truly appreciate the support of the entire Columbia community, and the leadership of the University of Missouri and its student volunteers. They play such a big role in the success of this blood drive every year.”
Donors of all blood types are encouraged to make an appointment. Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American 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 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.