COLUMBIA — The 25th annual Homecoming Blood Drive kicked off Monday at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. The blood drive is sponsored by the American Red Cross and MU.
It will continue through Thursday.
Monday: noon to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: noon to 9 p.m.
Wednesday noon to 9 p.m.
Thursday noon to 6 p.m.
The goal for this year's blood drive is to collect 4,000 units of blood, which could potentially save 12,000 lives. Since the event’s creation in 1985, more than 86,000 units of blood have been collected, according to a news release from the Red Cross.
Walk-in donors will be accepted Tuesday through Thursday, which includes people who aren't affiliated with a homecoming organization.
In order to donate blood, a person must meet the following requirements:
- Be in good health
- Be at least 17 years old
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Have a valid photo identification
Participants may be ineligible to donate if they:
- Do not feel well the day of their donation
- Have taken aspirin within 48 hours of donating
- Were exposed to someone else’s blood within 12 months of donation
- Have had oral surgery in the last three days
- Are pregnant
- Have traveled outside the country in the last 12 months
- Are taking prescription medications such as Acutane, Proscar, Propecia, Avodart, Soritane, Tegison or blood thinners
To receive more information or schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or go to www.redcrossblood.org