Annual Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of fallen Columbia, Mo. police officer

January 3, 2014

Molly Bowden was killed in 2005


COLUMBIA, Mo. (Jan. 3, 2014) – Police officer Molly Bowden died in February 2005, a month after being shot during a routine traffic stop. As family and friends remember her, they invite the community to help save the lives of others by giving blood at the annual Molly Bowden Memorial Blood Drive on Jan. 17.


Now in its sixth year, the event, sponsored by the American Red Cross, Boone County Fire Protection District, Boone County Sheriff's Department, Columbia Fire Department, Columbia Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Boone Hospital Emergency Medical Services, University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics Emergency Medical Services, Columbia/Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications, University of Missouri Police Department, Columbia Police Officers Association and friends and family of Officer Molly Bowden, has collected more than 1,000 pints of blood.


Giving blood at the Molly Bowden Memorial Blood Drive could go a long way in helping patients in need of blood, including trauma 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. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Grace Bible Church

601 Blue Ridge in 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 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 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.