American Red Cross blood drive in memory of fallen officer

December 26, 2012

Molly Bowden killed in 2005


COLUMBIA, Mo. (Dec. 26, 2012) –  Police officer Molly Bowden died in February 2005 after being shot during a routine traffic stop in January. As family and friends remember the woman she was, they invite the community to help save the lives of others by giving blood at the Molly Bowden Memorial Blood Drive.


Bowden’s family and friends join the American Red Cross, the Boone County Fire Protection District, the Boone County Sheriff's Department, the Columbia Fire Department, the Columbia Police Department and the University of Missouri Police Department in hosting this event in Bowden’s memory on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.


“We want everyone to remember Molly and the fact that she died protecting the people of Columbia,” said blood drive coordinator Debbie Sorrell.  “Everyone’s got a little bit of blood, and we can all give a little.”


Giving blood at the Molly Bowden Memorial Blood Drive could go a long way in helping patients in need of blood, including gunshot victims, car accident victims, cancer patients and others.  In fact, one blood donation could help save up to three lives. 


Molly Bowden Memorial Blood Drive

Jan. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Bible Church

601 Blue Ridge, Columbia, Mo.


Everyone who attempts to donate blood during the Molly Bowden Memorial Blood Drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.  In addition, presenting donors will have the opportunity to purchase Molly Bowden T-shirts and other memorabilia. Profits from these sales go to the Molly Bowden Memorial Scholarship at Columbia College. 

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission 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 join our blog at