A Good Number: Mizzou Blood Drive Recap

Note from #stlredcross: Every month we will feature updates from the team at Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, a vital part of our Red Cross family.  We begin this month with a recap of the Mizzou Blood Drive by Dan from Marketing & Communications at Blood Services.

In college, there are too many numbers to remember: how many feet in a mile? How many Presidents have we had? What year did the Cold War end?

In that sea of numbers, one came out of the University of Missouri last week that’s worth remembering: 4,643.  That’s the number of blood donations the American Red Cross collected at the 27th annual University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive Oct. 15-18.  And because each of those donations may help save up to three lives, about 14,000 patients across the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region could benefit.

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Donors from the university and the surrounding community rolled up their sleeves and gave potentially lifesaving blood donations.  Not only that, students volunteered their time to help the Red Cross ensure the four day blood drive ran smoothly and efficiently.  They welcomed donors as they entered, assisted in the registration process and helped serve refreshments.  In the weeks leading up to the drive, they helped schedule appointments and promoted the blood drive around the community.

The Red Cross is grateful to the donors and volunteers who once again helped make the University of Missouri Homecoming Blood Drive a success. The patients in need of blood products also thank those who gave the gift of life, just like those donors have been doing for nearly 30 years.

4,643. Now that’s a good number.

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