University of Missouri, Red Cross encourage donors to 'share your stripes'

September 16, 2014

Homecoming Satellite Blood Drives in Joplin, Springfield


SPRINGFIELD/JOPLIN, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2014) — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for the 29th annual Homecoming Blood Drive. Alumni in Southern Missouri are showing their support by hosting the Mizzou Homecoming Satellite Blood Drives in Joplin and Springfield.


Take part in the tradition of the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive by rolling up a sleeve to donate blood at drives in Southern Missouri. All blood types are needed at this year’s drives, and blood donations can be used to help patients in the area and across the nation.


“The Red Cross and University of Missouri alumni partners invite Mizzou supporters and the entire community to take part,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “We value each blood donation we receive from our committed donors."


Blood donated at the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive could help many patients in need, including accident victims, premature infants, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.


Mizzou Homecoming Satellite Blood Drives:

Monday, Sept.  29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

American Red Cross Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield


Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hideout Harley Davidson

5014 Hearnes Blvd., Joplin


To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS, visit or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App available through the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.