University of Missouri, American Red Cross host 24th annual spring blood drive

April 3, 2013

‘A tradition of giving’ is drive theme


COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for their 24th annual Spring Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.

The University of Missouri/Red Cross Spring Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. April 9-11 at the University’s Student Rec Center.

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 patients across the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. Those who attempt to donate blood will receive a Spring Blood Drive T-shirt.

Organizers of the Spring Blood Drive would like to collect more than 1,500 pints of blood during the three day drive. Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, nearly 4,500 lives could be touched by the generosity of blood donors.

“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 Blood Services 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."

Blood donated at the Mizzou Spring Blood Drive may help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

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 about 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