University of Minnesota students help save lives at Red Cross homecoming blood drive

October 3, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Oct. 10, students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota are invited to participate in the Ninth Annual American Red Cross Homecoming Blood Drive. To thank those who generously give the gift of life, all presenting donor will receive a complimentary Red Cross Homecoming 2012 T-shirt. 

Ninth Annual University of Minnesota Homecoming Blood Drive
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union – Great Hall
300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, Minn.

 “This is a great tribute to our long-term partnership with the University of Minnesota and an opportunity for students and faculty to give back to the local community,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “We hope that all Minnesota Gophers will consider spending about an hour giving blood to make a difference in the lives of patients in need of lifesaving blood.”

"We're looking forward to hosting the Ninth Annual Red Cross Homecoming Blood Drive,” said student organizer Matthew Ramirez. “With this year's homecoming theme being Legendary U, we hope that every Gopher steps up to be a hero and shows their school spirit by bleeding maroon and gold.”

The American Red Cross and the University of Minnesota
The Red Cross has a long-term partnership, spanning decades, with Fairview Health System and is their primary blood products provider for their eight hospitals including the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Riverside Hospital and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

In addition, the American Red Cross has one senior medical director and two assistant medical directors on staff that spends part of their time at the University of Minnesota Medical Center providing both blood bank assistance and patient care.  The Red Cross and the University of Minnesota also are partners on various research projects.

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