SIU-Carbondale Prepares for Homecoming Blood Drive

September 17, 2012

‘Let the Games Begin’ this year’s theme


<Carbondale, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2012)> – At colleges and universities nationwide, homecoming festivities typically include sporting events, returning alumni, and various activities designed to promote a school’s history and pride.  At Southern Illinois University -Carbondale, this fall’s Homecoming will also feature an event that could help save hundreds of lives.


The American Red Cross and SIU-Carbondale will host the third annual SIU Homecoming Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the SIU Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, Ill.  The Red Cross and blood drive organizers hope to collect 300 pints of blood.  Because each blood donation may help save up to three lives, 900 patients could benefit from the generosity of local donors.


Everyone who presents to donate blood will receive a specially designed SIU Homecoming Blood Drive T-shirt.


“The Red Cross is excited to once again team up with Southern Illinois University for the annual SIU Homecoming Blood Drive”, said Scott Caswell, CEO, Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region.  “Every year, we receive tremendous support from blood donors at the university, and we're confident this year will be no different.”


The student organization that recruits the most presenting donors will win the travelling SIU Homecoming Blood Drive trophy.  Previous winners include the College of Engineering’s Leadership Development Program in 2011 and the Sigma Kappa sorority in 2010.


Blood collected at the SIU Homecoming Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross.  Blood supplies are still low following the summer months, and all blood types are needed. 

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at