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25th Annual Homecoming Blood Drive begins Monday

Monday, October 11, 2010 | 10:20 a.m. CDT; updated 6:55 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 11, 2010
MU freshman Rachel Taylor waits nervously to donate blood for the first time for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega on Monday at the Hearnes Center for the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. "It's really scary, so I brought Green Gill," Taylor said of the stuffed animal she's had since first grade. "It seems juvenile, but you gotta do what you gotta do."

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.

Blood drive schedule

Monday: noon to 6 p.m.

Tuesday: noon to 9 p.m.

Wednesday noon to 9 p.m.

Thursday noon to 6 p.m.


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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


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lacinda florez October 14, 2010 | 8:56 a.m.

I think this is wonderfull what they are doing, but I have been a volunteer at the drive the last few days, I must say I can not believe the way the worlds largest life saving orginazition treats their employees. These poor people have been run ragid, working I think someone said twenty one hours a day. Is that even legal? It also concerns me that someone running on that little sleep is sticking needels into people. Also they are giving that blood to sick people them being so worn out mistakes just seem more likely. This just seems sad to me, how hard these poor people have been working, they have been very polite but it still sickens me to see how these people are worked like animals!

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lacinda florez October 14, 2010 | 10:56 a.m.

lacinda florez October 14, 2010 | 8:56 a.m.
I think this is wonderfull what they are doing, but I have been a volunteer at the drive the last few days, I must say I can not believe the way the worlds largest life saving orginazition treats their employees. These poor people have been run ragid, working I think someone said twenty one hours a day. Is that even legal? It also concerns me that someone running on that little sleep is sticking needels into people. Also they are giving that blood to sick people them being so worn out mistakes just seem more likely. This just seems sad to me, how hard these poor people have been working, they have been very polite but it still sickens me to see how these people are worked like animals!

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lacinda florez October 14, 2010 | 4:41 p.m.

lacinda florez October 14, 2010 | 10:56 a.m.
lacinda florez October 14, 2010 | 8:56 a.m.
I think this is wonderfull what they are doing, but I have been a volunteer at the drive the last few days, I must say I can not believe the way the worlds largest life saving orginazition treats their employees. These poor people have been run ragid, working I think someone said twenty one hours a day. Is that even legal? It also concerns me that someone running on that little sleep is sticking needels into people. Also they are giving that blood to sick people them being so worn out mistakes just seem more likely. This just seems sad to me, how hard these poor people have been working, they have been very polite but it still sickens me to see how these people are worked like animals!

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