At some points during the 2014 Homecoming Blood Drive in the Hearnes Center, there was a three-hour wait to give blood. Thousands of people came out to give back. Oct. 13-16 marked the 29th consecutive year for the Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive, one of the most important traditions included in Mizzou Homecoming. University students and others from the Columbia community gathered over a four-day period inside the Hearnes Center for the short process of donating blood that could one day mean life or death for a total stranger. Once again this year, Mizzou surpassed its goal of 5,250 units, reaching a grand total of 5,738 units of blood collected, according to the MU Blood Drive Committee.
The blood drive is largely a competition among Greek fraternities and sororities for Homecoming points. However, the true purpose for this event trumped the ulterior motives for competition. Junior Alpha Tau Omega member Ryan Jordan was required to donate, but he also had other reason to gives as well.
“It’s a simple and easy way to make a difference in someone’s life,” said Jordan. “I would have given even if it wasn’t mandatory for us.”
Most other Greek fraternity and sorority members interviewed also agreed they would have given blood regardless of the competition, simply because they wanted to save lives. Some were even reminded what it exactly meant to donate.
Donor Hannah Boxerman of Alpha Chi Omega tweeted: “Cried because my collection tech at the @MUBloodDrive thanked me for saving the life of her mother, who has cancer and needs blood every day.”
Overall, the blood drive was a huge success this year. With the help of a generous community, the blood drive was able to surpass its goal by more than 400 units. It’s an accomplishment that confirms why MU’s Homecoming Blood Drive event is one of the best in the country.