University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive collects more than 4,000 pints of blood

October 18, 2012

Four day drive another success



COLUMBIA, Mo. — Blood supplies across the country remain low following the summer months, but the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region got a shot in the arm this week thanks to needles in the arms of thousands of University of Missouri students and community members.


The 27th annual University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive, held Monday through Thursday at the Hearnes Center Field House, collected 4,643 pints of blood. Because each blood donation may help save up to three lives, nearly 14,000 patients may benefit from the generosity of local blood donors. Patients receiving the blood could be cancer patients, accident victims, patients undergoing surgery and others.  


“Once again, the University of Missouri and the Columbia area community answered the call for blood donations,” said Scott Caswell, CEO, Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross and the patients receiving blood products thank donors for their generosity.”


The Red Cross also held several Mizzou satellite drives at locations around the Missouri-Illinois Region, and while totals from those drives are still being calculated, at least 400 pints have been collected. That pushes the University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive totals over the 5,000 mark for the second straight year. In 2011, the Homecoming Blood Drive and satellite drives collected 5,264 pints of blood.


Donors unable to give blood at the University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive can find other Red Cross blood drives near them by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


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