First Day of University of Missouri and American Red Cross 23rd Annual Spring Blood Drive Collects 458 Units

April 10, 2012

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Tuesday marked the first day of the 23rd annual University of Missouri and American Red Cross Greek Week spring blood drive, and saw 458 donors show up to try and help save lives.


Because each donation can help save up to three lives, 1,374 patients could benefit from the generosity of donors.  The University of Missouri/Red Cross Greek Week Blood Drive will continue Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the University’s Student Rec Center.  Organizers of the blood drive would like to collect close to 2,000 units of blood. 


Mizzou students and members of the community are encouraged to take part in a drive that, through its history, has helped save thousands of lives.  All blood types are needed, and each blood donation can be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, and cancer patients.  Those who attempt to donate blood will receive a Greek Week blood drive t-shirt.


"The Red Cross and the University of Missouri invite Mizzou students and the Columbia community to take part in this truly remarkable event,” said Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Region CEO Scott Caswell.  “The Red Cross greatly appreciates the efforts of the student volunteers who help the drive run smoothly, and we value each blood donation we receive from our committed donors."


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 meet height and weight requirements. Blood donors should bring a Red Cross donor card, valid driver’s license with a photo, or two other forms of official identification. For more information or to schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit