Homecoming Blood Drive hopes to collect 5,000 units of blood

Monday, October 15, 2012 | 6:13 p.m. CDT; updated 10:27 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 19, 2012
Students, staff and Columbia residents gathered at the Hearnes Center for the 27th annual Homecoming Blood Drive, hosted by MU and the American Red Cross. The blood drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily through Thursday.

COLUMBIA — The 27th annual Homecoming Blood Drive began Monday at the Hearnes Center. MU and the American Red Cross teamed up with a goal of collecting 5,000 pints of blood. 

If they succeed, up to 15,000 lives could be saved because of the donations, according to statistics from the Red Cross. Last fall, the drive collected 5,264 units of blood, according to a news release for the event..

All blood types are needed, and donations will go to local hospitals to help accident victims, surgery patients and cancer patients. 

To donate blood, a person must be in good health, be at least 17 years old and meet height and weight requirements. Donors should bring a valid driver's license with a photo or two other forms of official identification. The drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily through Thursday at the Hearnes Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or go to

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