University of Missouri, Red Cross host annual Homecoming Blood Drive

October 11, 2013

‘All roads lead home’ is drive theme


COLUMBIA, Mo. (Sept. 5, 2013) –The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for their 28th annual Homecoming Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.

The University of Missouri/Red Cross Homecoming Blood Drive will be from 11:30 a.m. –

7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-17 at the university’s Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

In the 27 years the Red Cross and the University of Missouri have hosted the Homecoming Blood Drive, the drive has collected more than 95,000 pints of blood. If Mizzou students reach their goal of collecting nearly 5,000 pints this fall, this year’s drive will see its 100,000th overall pint collected. All blood types are needed, and blood donations can be used to help patients across the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region and beyond. Those who attempt to donate blood will receive a Homecoming Blood Drive T-shirt.

“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, Missouri-Illinois Blood Region CEO. “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 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 @RedCross.