The Mizzou Homecoming Steering Committee is partnering with the American Red Cross to host the 27th annual Homecoming Blood Drive this coming week. The drive will be held at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse, Oct. 15 to 18. Walk-ins are more than welcome from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.
The blood collected at MU this year will be donated to surrounding states such as Arkansas and Illinois, along with other parts of Missouri. There are already 5,728 appointments scheduled throughout the four-day drive, according to the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive website. The biggest contributors to the drive are members of the Greek community. They receive points for their members who donate.
The resident halls also hold a competition of their own to see which hall can bring out the most donors.
Each donor will receive a free “Mad Men”- themed T-shirt for his or her participation. However, the real reward for donors is knowing they have helped a bigger cause. According to the American Red Cross website, one pint – or one unit – of blood can help save up to three lives. The goal of the drive is to collect 5,000 units of blood which would save up to 15,000 lives.
To the students who do not want to donate, or cannot, they can volunteer by helping during the event. Sign-ups are available online.