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Red Cross blood drive to commemorate local woman

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

July 9, 2014

Ashley Houston Wright died following car accident in 2013


MORRILTON, Ark. (July 7, 2014) — The family of local woman Ashley Houston Wright is inviting the Conway County community to help patients in need by giving blood in Wright’s memory on July 21. Wright was 29 when she died following a car accident in January 2013.

Wright was a dental assistant who spent her free time rooting for the Arkansas Razorbacks, working at a local church camp and spending time with her friends and family, including her four children. Her mother, Trisha Rocker, says Wright never met a stranger. 


“She blurred the lines between friends and family,” Rocker said. “She was close with everyone.”


Following the accident, Wright received several units of blood products in an attempt to save her. Rocker said that’s the driving force behind the blood drive in her memory.


“I saw she had used a lot of blood and it just came to me: hosting a blood drive is something we could do to help others.”


Conway County Community Blood Drive in Memory of Ashley Houston Wright

July 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Conway County Community Center

1307 N. Business Highway 9 in Morrilton


Blood donated at the blood drive in Wright’s memory could help accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and others. Eligible blood donors are urged to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.