Blood Drive in Memory of Fallen Police Officer

December 21, 2011

Family, Friends & Community Remember Molly Bowden

On January 10, 2005, Columbia, Missouri police officer Molly Bowden was shot during a routine traffic stop.  On February 10, 2005, Officer Bowden died.  Now, as family and friends remember the woman she was, they invite the community to keep her spirit alive and help save the lives of others by donating blood.

The Red Cross will be joined by the Boone County Fire Protection District, the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Columbia-Boone County 9-1-1, the Columbia Fire Department, the Columbia Police Department and the University of Missouri Police Department in hosting a blood drive on Friday, Jan. 6th from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church, located at 601 Blue Ridge Road in Columbia.

            As the anniversary of Bowden’s death approaches, blood drive organizers hope the community remembers Bowden’s commitment to helping others- and can become committed to the same cause. 

            “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.”

            Donating during the Molly Bowden memorial blood drive can go a long way in helping patients in need of blood, including gunshot victims, car accident victims, cancer patients, and many others.  In fact, one blood donation can help save up to three lives.  Organizers of the Molly Bowden Memorial blood drive hope to collect 150 units of blood, meaning over 400 lives could be positively impacted by the generosity of area donors.

            Everyone who attempts to donate blood during the Molly Bowden blood drive will receive a Red Cross t-shirt while supplies last.  There will also be opportunities to purchase Molly Bowden t-shirts and other memorabilia with money from the sales going to the Molly Bowden Memorial Scholarship at Columbia College.  More information about Molly Bowden’s scholarships can be found online at

            To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

This holiday season, you can give something that means something with a donation to the Red Cross.  The Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog has 25 symbolic gifts representing all Red Cross services that people can purchase in the name of a loved one during the holiday season.  Check out the catalog at




How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at