University of Missouri, American Red Cross Annual Spring Blood Drive

April 11, 2011


The American Red Cross and the University of Missouri team up once again to impact up to 4,500 lives! More than 1500 pints of blood are expected to be collected at this spring’s Mizzou blood drive.  Because each pint can potentially help up to three patients, 4,500 lives could be touched.  The drive will be held at the University of Missouri Student Recreational Center on the following dates:  The opening ceremony will be held April12 at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Thomas Loew, Director of Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital will be our opening ceremony speaker.

Tuesday, April 12, 12p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13, 12p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A Mizzou Greek Week Community Express Day will be held at the American Red Cross Columbia Donation Center on April 21st from 11 am to 6:30 p.m.

Those who would like to donate should call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to to schedule an appointment. Potential donors can also “tweet” for an appointment on Twitter @MUBloodDrive or go to facebook account MU Spring Blood Drive!

“This is an exciting spring tradition and a very important event for the American Red Cross and area patients,” said Scott L. Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “With spring comes new life, and this blood drive enables patients to receive the transfusions they need in order to be well and live life to the fullest.  We appreciate the University of Columbia and its community for the commitment shown to this cause.”


Those who may not be able to attend should call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets.  Platelets may be donated at an American Red Cross blood donation center.  Platelets aid in the clotting process to prevent or stop bleeding and are vital in helping patients with leukemia or other cancers.  The demand for platelets is growing dramatically.  Do not consume aspirin for 36 hours prior to donating platelets.


Donating Blood:

Log on to www.redcrossblood.orgfor 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 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.orgor join our blog at