University of Missouri, Red Cross encourage donors to ‘share your stripes’

September 29, 2014

Annual Homecoming Blood Drive scheduled Oct. 13-16


COLUMBIA, Mo. (Sept. 29, 2014) — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for the 29th 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 a.m. to

7 p.m. Oct. 13-16 at the university’s Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a Homecoming Blood Drive T-shirt, while supplies last.


In the 28 years the Red Cross and the University of Missouri have hosted the Homecoming Blood Drive, the drive has collected more than 100,000 pints of blood. All blood types are needed at this year’s drive, and blood donations can be used to help patients across the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region and beyond.


“The Red Cross and the University of Missouri invite Mizzou students and the Columbia community to take part in this truly remarkable event,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Region. “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 Homecoming Blood Drive could help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent 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 @RedCross.