University of Missouri & American Red Cross to Hold 27th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive

October 3, 2012

University of Missouri & American Red Cross to Hold 27th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive 


Last year’s Homecoming blood drive made Mizzou history by collecting over 5,000 pints of blood.  Mizzou students and the community are encouraged to take part in another potentially history-making blood drive this fall.  All blood types are needed, and each blood donation may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, and cancer patients. 


Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, 15,000 lives may be touched by the generosity of blood donors.


"Last fall, the University and the Columbia community went above and beyond our expectations in breaking the Mizzou record 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, and hope to see another tremendous turn out this year." 


To donate blood, a person must be in good health, be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a Red Cross parental consent form) and meet height and weight requirements. Blood donors should bring a Red Cross donor card, valid driver’s license with a photo, or two other forms of official identification. For more information or to schedule an appointment, donors should call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit      


The University of Missouri/Red Cross Homecoming Blood Drive will be held from September 19 to October 12 at one of the donor centers listed below within the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region.  


The Nashville Donor Center located at 2201 Charlotte Ave. is open:

  • Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Murfreesboro Donor Center located at 501 Memorial Blvd. is open:

  • Monday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday – Closed
  • Thursday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday – 7 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Saturday – 7 a.m. to 12 noon
  • 1st, 4th, 5th Sunday – 7 a.m. to 12 noon.

The Paducah Donor Center located at 4635 Falconcrest Drive in Paducah is open:

  • Monday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Please call (270) 442-9141 for Thursday hours
  • Friday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday -  7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 1st, 4th and 5th Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Crossville Donor Center located at 11 East First St. is open:

  • Monday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Please call (931) 337-0247 for information or to schedule an appointment.


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 more than 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