Be a Part of Mizzou History: University of Missouri, American Red Cross 2011 Homecoming Blood Drive

September 19, 2011

Four Days and Five Thousand Units


The American Red Cross, University of Missouri, and the Mizzou Alumni Association Homecoming Student Committee will celebrate 100 years of Homecoming by hosting a historic blood drive; four days of blood drives with 5,000 units of blood expected to be collected.  In fact, this multi-day blood drive is expected to collect more blood than any other Red Cross blood drive in the United States.  Because each pint can potentially help up to three patients, 15,000 lives could potentially be impacted.  The drive will be held at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse from Monday, October 3, through Thursday, October 6, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


The opening ceremony will be held October 3 at 10:30 a.m.


A Mizzou Alumni Association Community Express Day will be held at the American Red Cross Columbia Donation Center on October 12th from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm, located at 1511 S. Providence Rd.


Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed 2011 Mizzou Alumni Association Homecoming Student Committee Blood Drive t-shirt while supplies last. (back pictured right) 


“Every Mizzou blood drive has a significant impact on patient care.  However, this fall’s history making blood drive is especially exciting.  Never before have we held a four day blood drive projected to collect 5,000 pints of blood,” said Scott L. Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “We truly appreciate the University of Columbia and its community for the commitment shown to area patients”.


Those who would like to donate should call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to to schedule an appointment.  The Mizzou Homecoming social media contacts are as follows:  Twitter: @MU_Homecoming facebook:   Blog:




To donate blood, a person must be in good health, be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a Red Cross parental consent form) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Blood donors should bring a Red Cross donor card, valid driver’s license with a photo, or other form of official picture identification. For more information or to schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit                                               


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