Mizzou, Red Cross Hit Historic Blood Drive Goal

October 13, 2011

Over 5,000 Units Collected During Homecoming Drive


The lives of over 15,000 people could be saved with the help of blood collected during this fall’s historic American Red Cross and University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive.  The four day drive, held Oct. 3-6 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse, combined with satellite drives held at locations around the Missouri-Illinois Region, collected 5,264 units of blood, exceeding the University’s largest-ever goal of 5,000! 


Because each blood donation can help save up to three lives, 15,792 lives may be positively impacted by the blood collected during the Homecoming blood drive and satellite drives.


The Red Cross thanks all presenting donors, volunteers, and University and community organizations that combined their efforts to make history at Mizzou!




How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. 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 redcrossblood.org 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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.