University of Missouri and American Red Cross to Hold 27th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive

October 4, 2012

‘Many Tigers, One Roar’ is drive theme


COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for their 27th annual Homecoming blood drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.


The University of Missouri/Red Cross Homecoming Blood Drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. October 15-18 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.


Last year’s Homecoming blood drive made Mizzou history by collecting over 5,000 units of blood.  Mizzou students and the community are encouraged to take part in another potentially history-making blood drive this fall.  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 Homecoming blood drive t-shirt.


University students would like to collect close to 5,000 units of blood during the four day drive.  Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, 15,000 lives could be touched by the generosity of blood donors.


"Last fall, the University and the Columbia community went above and beyond our expectations in breaking the Mizzou record for blood donations,” said Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region CEO Scott Caswell.  “The Red Cross and the patients receiving blood products thank donors for their generosity, and hope to see another tremendous turn out this year." 


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                 


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. 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 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