University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive surpasses goal

October 18, 2013

University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive surpasses goal

Four day blood drive collects more than 5,700 pints


COLUMBIA, Mo. (Oct. 18, 2013) – Student organizers of the University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive had hoped to collect nearly 5,000 pints of blood during this week’s annual drive. They got that and then some, as the four-day drive collected 5,730 pints by the time it ended Thursday, Oct. 17. Because each pint could help save up to three lives, more than 17,000 patients could benefit from the generosity of area donors.


“The Red Cross and the hospitals we serve cannot express enough our thanks to the University and the community for their support,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross greatly appreciates the efforts of the student volunteers who helped the drive run smoothly, and we value each blood donation we received from our committed donors.”


In addition to exceeding this year’s goal, the 28th annual Homecoming Blood Drive surpassed another milestone, collecting the 100,000th pint in the drive’s history. In the 27 prior years the Red Cross and the University of Missouri have hosted the Homecoming Blood Drive, the drive had collected more than 95,000 pints of blood. With the totals from this year, the Homecoming Blood Drive has collected more than 100,000 pints in 28 years.


Blood donated at the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive could help thousands of 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBldMOIL.