Boonville Woman Donates Her 161st Pint of Blood at Mizzou Drive

October 5, 2011

Homecoming Blood Drive Brings in Over 2,600 Units So Far

The American Red Cross and the University of Missouri thank the thousands of presenting donors who have already given the gift of life during the 26th annual Homecoming Blood Drive, amongst them Boonville resident Margaret Frieling. Frieling donated her 161st pint of blood Wednesday, meaning she has now donated over 20 gallons in her lifetime.

Frieling began donating around the age of 17 and says she continues to do so because “it can help so many people.”

Frieling’s right; one blood donation can help save up to three lives. That means Frieling’s 161 pints could benefit 483 patients in need. You’re encouraged to do your part to help save lives as well by visiting the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse until 7:00 p.m. tonight and from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the four day Homecoming blood drive has collected 2,664 units of blood, more than half of the drive’s goal. And we’re not done yet!

This is truly an amazing event…four days…and FIVE THOUSAND units of blood are expected to be collected! In order to achieve this history making goal, everyone who is feeling well is encouraged to attempt to donate. For eligibility information, please call 1-800 RED CROSS or go to

Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed 2011 Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive t-shirt while supplies last. As an added bonus, the American Red Cross is giving away five $100 Visa Gift Cards to those who attempt to donate blood each day.

Schedule an appointment to help save lives at this historic event by going to However; walk-ins are welcome.

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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